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Tracing the method from the fieldwork to the research of effects, this e-book demonstrates how the ethnographer arrives at an figuring out not just of `culture' and `society', but in addition of the ways that cultures and societies evolve.

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There, experience is taken to mean something very specific: a highlighted event or production, separated from everyday practice. While Edward M. Bruner’s introduction leans heavily on Dilthey’s concept of experience (1976) as what has been ‘lived through’ (Bruner 1986:3), Bruner, Turner et al. : 5). By contrast, I include the banality of daily practice and the often taken-for-granted ambience which is experienced through all the bodily senses. This embraces the non-verbal, although the odd verbal interjection may provide a clue to the former.

Social experience and anthropological knowledge 30 THE HERMENEUTICS OF CULTURAL INVENTION So far I have applied the terms symbol, metaphor and metonym without distinguishing them carefully, my main concern being to stress how they constitute stages of information-processing, an embryonic discourse, or how they must find their place in an inclusive hermeneutic. As regards the paired concepts of metonym and metaphor, my usage is in tune with George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, as they state that like metaphoric concepts, metonymic concepts are grounded in our experience.

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