chapter  5
13 Pages

Embodying the Conduct of Everyday Life

From Subjective Reasons to Privilege
With Thomas Teo

This chapter suggests that Holzkamp's provided only a first-order solution to the relationship between society and the individual, and, more importantly, that he provided only a partial solution to the problem of how critical psychology should consider the mediation between social structure and the conduct of everyday life. Holzkamp did not believe that sociological theories deal adequately with the concept of the conduct of everyday life because subjective reasons are not systematically investigated. From the perspective of the Other from the periphery the conceptual network offered in the study of the conduct of everyday life does not include a study of White, or European, German or Danish habitus, performativity or privilege. Critical psychology needs to pay attention to such constituents of the conduct of everyday life. The argument here is that to meaning structures and subjective reasons people need to add embodied practices of inequality that contribute to the negative outcomes in everyday life.