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Surak, Kristin (2017) 'Rupture and Rhythm: Toward 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
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 07352751
Copyright Statement: Surak, K. (2017). Rupture and Rhythm: A Phenomenology of National Experiences. Sociological Theory, 35(4), 312–333. ©2017 American Sociological Association Accepted version downloaded from SOAS Research Online:
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Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 10:01

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