Making Sense Together: An Introduction to Wild Sociology

Making Sense Together: An Introduction to Wild Sociology

Making Sense Together: An Introduction to Wild Sociology

Making Sense Together: An Introduction to Wild Sociology

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Every approach needs to presume upon its reception. And, so, in beginning we never fear that we shall be wholly misunderstood; we trust that our hesitancy, our stumbling talk, and our choice of words are not a search in the dark. To begin is confidently part of the work of building and sharing an understanding. It is ideally the institution of making sense together within a common life and a common world.

Any approach asks for an understanding. In this sense our approach is never just a casual opening, any more than the opening of a Platonic dialogue or the break of dawn is irrelevant to the experiences that are to follow. An opening is never just a beginning except in retrospect. We begin in the midst of things, that is to say, when it is already late and we are caught irrevocably in the web of understandings, borrowed back and forth against the time we have spent together--in thought, in work, in play, in love or in hate.

Our approach is self-consciously a presentation: the presence of others and of ourselves to them. Thus it is we who are latently the resource and circumstance that permits us to . . .

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