Exploring Words As People's Practice

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 11:15
Oral Presentation
Dorothy SMITH, University of Victoria, Canada
This presentation is to develop further a project given preliminary exposition in a paper published last year (2016). In exploring words as people’s actual practices, we can discover something that people do in particular local settings and at particular times which generalises beyond the local particularities of the time and place in which they are uttered. In what people say or write, hear or read, we can find at least one important dimension of social organization as a local accomplishment. Conceptualising words as people’s actual doings or practices proposes a direction of study into how words engage us, as practices, in ways that are quite ordinarily available to observation and description. I am interested in opening up a region for discovery that will be useful in learning how people are putting our worlds in common together in the ongoing of our everyday lives.