Habitus—Norms, in Other Words


The habitus is that set of norms, values, experiences, education, knowledge, etc., that we use when we epistemologize. When we decide what something is to us, or what something means to us, we use the stuff we carry around in our heads and hearts and guts and souls for context. We sort through that enormous catalog of influences to find similarities, differences, complementarities, oppositions, adjacencies, and other references, and then give a meaning to whatever it is we’ve just encountered.

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