Friday, 24 March 2000

From "Poetics"

By Keston Sutherland.

Abrahams doesn’t mean by “everyday life” what phenomenological or Marxist traditions have meant by it. The everyday is neither the prescientific nor the prerevolutionary; it is not based on a logic distinguishing existential immediacy or the hic et nunc from some cognitive or social end royally conceptualised as standing beyond the everyday; it is life as an ordinary and fundamentally unchanging whole, inclusive of whatever adjustments of heart and mind might be effected in us by exceptional events or circumstances. It is a “too-often contentious world” that we live in, but to conceive of local and specific contentions as ruptures, catastrophes or crises in, for example, the vocabulary of entitlement to victim status popularised by Marx or Adorno, would be distrustful and therefore destructively melodramatic.

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