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Surak, Kristin (2017) 'Rupture and Rhythm: A Phenomenology of National Experiences.' Sociological Theory, 35 (4). pp. 312-333.

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This article investigates how people make sense of ruptures in the flow of everyday life as they enter new experiential domains. Shifts in being-in-time create breaks in the natural attitude that offer the opportunity to register national—or, for example, religious, gender, or class—experiences. People interpret ruptures in perception and proprioception by drawing connections with domains in which similar or contrasting kinds of disruption are evident. Normalizing the transition, rhythm—as both cadence and overall flow—helps people adjust to new circumstances, align action, and smooth subsequent ruptures. Based on extensive qualitative fieldwork, I examine the specific case of how novice and experienced tea ceremony practitioners in Japan move into, interpret, and normalize action within tea spaces.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: phenomenology, rhythm, nationalism, experience, embodiment
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 14679558
Copyright Statement: © 2017 American Sociological Association. This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Sociological Theory published by SAGE
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Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 07:57

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