(2016) Human Studies 39 (4).

Present contemporaries and absent consociates

rethinking Schütz's "we relation" beyond copresence

Greti-Iulia Ivana

pp. 513-531

This article analyzes the structure of the "we relation" drawing on Alfred Schütz's theoretical framework. It argues for a flexibilization of the initial framework in order to capture not only the tension, but also the variations in the relation between the lived experience of the other in lived duration and the reflection upon the other, through which meaning is constructed. In order to do so, it revisits Schütz's claims about immersion into togetherness as part of the experience of copresence and it bridges them with the apparently opposite Sartrian view of the other as either objectifying or being objectified. This leads to certain shifts in the distinction between consociates and contemporaries and sheds light upon the ways in which the process of constructing the other as meaningful is not an added layer, but a co-constitutive element in the vivid experience of copresence and of absence.

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DOI: 10.1007/s10746-016-9381-9

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Ivana, G. (2016). Present contemporaries and absent consociates: rethinking Schütz's "we relation" beyond copresence. Human Studies 39 (4), pp. 513-531.

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