The Social Phenomenology of Alfred Schutz

November 16th, 2010

Turner, Bryan S., ed. The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Second ed. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.

Vaitkus, S. (2000). Phenomenology and Sociology. In Bryan S. Turner (Ed.). The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory. Second ed. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.

In Chapter 3 of this text, Ira Cohen discusses theories of action and praxis and looks at various theorists including Alfred Schutz. To draw out a unique characteristic, he notes that rather than looking at social relations, Schutz is more concerned with the meaningful nature of action and interaction.

Indeed, for Schutz, all theoretical roads begin with questions regarding the social nature of human experience. However, unlike other phenomenologists before him, Schutz broadens the question of human experience to include more than just the individual mind “ (101).

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