Section II: introduction

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This chapter is an introduction to Section II of the handbook, its main connecting themes and its individual contributions. How does the individual experience the external domains of society and culture? What is the nature of power in this relationship? There is the structural power by which a sociocultural environment endeavours to define and categorise, channel and contain individual life, but there is also the existential power whereby a free-ranging, authorial intellect defines its own objectives, and projects these into and as the world, without being subject to, determined by, external circumstance. While social structures may aim and claim to constrain, even mould, individual expression, nevertheless individual consciousness remains a manifestation of uniqueness and a means of transcendence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge international handbook of existential human science
EditorsHuon Wardle, Nigel Rapport, Albert Piette
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781003156697
ISBN (Print)9780367742317, 9780367742348
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023

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NameRoutledge international handbooks


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