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The PossibleA Sociocultural Theory$
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Vlad P. Glăveanu

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197520499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197520499.001.0001

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(p.50) 3 Perspectives
The Possible

Vlad P. Glăveanu

Oxford University Press

This chapter goes further in connecting the previous discussion about differences and intersubjectivity with the notions of positions and perspectives. While former reflect our physical, social, and symbolic grounding in the world, the latter capture our action-based relation to the world, always developed from a given position. As action orientations, perspectives “meet” (or fail to meet) affordances, or action potentials. The elaboration of our perspectives and the discovery of affordances are ultimately embedded in culture and require both material and symbolic mediation. This dynamic has deep consequences for our understanding and sense of possibility. The possible emerges in and through action whenever we become aware of multiple perspectives on the same reality and, in doing so, explore less conventional (or previously unperceived) affordances. In the end, the multiplicity of positions and perspectives, originating in difference and enabled by culture, becomes a condition of possibility.

Keywords:   position, perspective, action, affordances, culture, pragmatism, symbolic mediation

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