Clicca qui per scaricare

Relevance and embodied reflexivity: constellations work between Gurwitsch, Merleau-Ponty and Garfinkel
Titolo Rivista: SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE  
Autori/Curatori: Christian Meyer, Frank Oberzaucher 
Anno di pubblicazione:  2021 Fascicolo: 124  Lingua: Inglese 
Numero pagine:  21 P. 160-180 Dimensione file:  281 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SR2021-124010
Il DOI è il codice a barre della proprietà intellettuale: per saperne di più:  clicca qui   qui 


This paper draws on Aron Gurwitsch’s theory of relevance which was of outstanding importance for both Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of the body and Harold Garfinkel’s ethnomethodology. In the first part we discuss Gurwitsch’s conception of relevance in contrast to Schutz’. We then develop a theory of embodied reflexivity drawing on Merleau-Ponty and Garfinkel together with some newer approaches on embodied practice and knowledge. In the second, empirical section we use the concepts and conceptions developed for the description and analysis of selected video recordings of systemic constellation sessions. Systemic constellation is a psychotherapeutic method which is used predominantly in psychological and pedagogical contexts as well as in management consultations. The basic assumption underlying constellations work is that the experiences of representatives are relevant for the person who has initiated the constellation and that they provide information about the issue at hand. The origin, validity, and reliability of the representatives’ bodily and relational self-perception is difficult to assess and even more difficult to explain. In our contribution we propose a vocabulary with reference to Gurwitsch, Merleau-Ponty, and Garfinkel, that, as we think, allows for the description of the phenomenon and at the same time throws a light on how relevance can be understood from a sociological perspective inspired by phenomenology.


  1. E. Behnke (1997), «Ghost Gestures: Phenomenological Investigations of Bodily Micromovements and Their Intercorporeal Implications», Human Studies, 20, pp. 181-201.
  2. L. Embree (2010), Editorial Introduction [to Marginal Consciousness], in The Collected Works of Aron Gurwitsch (1901-1973), Vol. III: The Field of Consciousness: Theme, Thematic Field, and Margin, New York, Springer Dordrecht.
  3. L. Embree (2015), Everyday Relevancy in Gurwitsch and Schutz, in L. Embree (ed.), The Schutzian Theory of the Cultural Sciences, Cham, Springer.
  4. T. Fuchs (2000), «Familienaufstellungen aus phänomenologischer Sicht», Praxis der Systemaufstellung, 1, pp. 13-6. T. Fuchs (2012), The Phenomenology of Body Memory, in S. Koch, T. Fuchs, M. Summa, C.
  5. Müller (eds.), Body Memory, Metaphor and Movement, Amsterdam, Benjamins.
  6. T. Fuchs (2017), Intercorporeality and Interaffectivity, in C. Meyer, J. Streeck, J.S. Jordan (eds.), Intercorporeality: Emerging Socialities in Interaction, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  7. H. Garfinkel (1967), Studies in Ethnomethodology, Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall.
  8. A. Schutz (1966b), The Problem of Transcendental Intersubjectivity in Husserl, in Collected Papers III: Studies in Phenomenological Philosophy, Den Haag, Martinus Nijhoff.
  9. H. Garfinkel, E. Livingston (2003), «Phenomenal Field Properties of Order in Formatted Queues and Their Neglected Standing in the Current Situation of Inquiry», Visual Studies, 18, 1, pp. 21-8.
  10. J.J. Gibson (1966), The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems, Boston, Houghton Mifflin.
  11. A. Gurwitsch (1941), «A Non-Egological Conception of Consciousness», Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1, 3, pp. 325-38.
  12. A. Gurwitsch (1977), Essentially Occasional Expressions, in J.N. Mohanty (ed.), Readings on Edmund Husserl’s Logical Investigations, Amsterdam, Springer Netherlands.
  13. A. Gurwitsch (1978), Human Encounters in the Social World, Pittsburgh, Duquesne University Press.
  14. A. Gurwitsch (2010a), The Field of Consciousness, in The Collected Works of Aron Gurwitsch (1901-1973), Vol. III: The Field of Consciousness: Theme, Thematic Field, and Margin, New York, Springer Dordrecht.
  15. A. Gurwitsch (2010b), Marginal Consciousness, in The Collected Works of Aron Gurwitsch (1901-1973), Vol. III: The Field of Consciousness: Theme, Thematic Field, and Margin, New York, Springer Dordrecht.
  16. A. Gurwitsch (2010c), Phenomenology of Thematics and of the Pure Ego: Studies of the Relation between Gestalt Theory and Phenomenology, in The Collected Works of Aron Gurwitsch (1901-1973), Vol. II: Studies in Phenomenology and Psychology, New York, Springer Dordrecht.
  17. E. Husserl (1960), Cartesian Meditations. An Introduction to Phenomenology. Translated by Dorion Cairns, Den Haag, Martin Nijhoff.
  18. E. Husserl (1970), The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: An Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy, Evanston, Northwestern University Press.
  19. E. Husserl (1998), Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy, Book I, Translated by Fred Kersten, Dordrecht, Kluwer.
  20. M. Merleau-Ponty (1945), Phénomenologie de la Perception, Paris, Gallimard.
  21. M. Merleau-Ponty (1962), Phenomenology of Perception, Translated by Colin Smith, London, Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  22. M. Merleau-Ponty (2012), Phenomenology of Perception, Translated by Donald A. Landes, London, Routledge.
  23. K. Nazarkiewicz, K. Kuschik (eds.) (2015), Handbuch Qualität in der Aufstellungsleitung, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  24. K. Nazarkiewcz, F. Oberzaucher, H. Finke (2019), Repräsentierende Wahrnehmung als kommunikative Aufgabe – ein Werkstattbericht, in K. Nazarkiewicz, P. Bourquin (eds.), Essenzen der Aufstellungsarbeit, Praxis der Systemaufstellung, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  25. O. Netter (2019), Angewandte Phänomenologie in der Aufstellungsarbeit, in K. Nazarkiewicz, P. Bourquin (eds.), Essenzen der Aufstellungsarbeit, Praxis der Systemaufstellung, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. F. Oberzaucher (2015), Schaut auf die Bewegung! Ein ethnografischer Beitrag zur Aufstellungsarbeit, in K. Nazarkiewicz, K. Kuschik (eds.), Handbuch Qualität in der Aufstellungsleitung, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
  26. A. Schutz (1962), On Multiple Realities, in Collected Papers I: The Problem of Social Reality, Den Haag, Martinus Nijhoff.
  27. A. Schutz (1964), Equality and the Meaning Structure of the Social World, in Collected Papers II: Studies in Social Theory, Den Haag, Martinus Nijhoff.
  28. A. Schutz (1966a), Some Structures of the Lifeworld, in Collected Papers III: Studies in Phenomenological Philosophy, Den Haag, Martinus Nijhoff.
  29. A. Schutz (1970), Reflections on the Problem of Relevance, New Haven, Yale University Press.
  30. L. Wittgenstein (1958), Philosophical Investigations, Exford, Blackwell.
  31. M. Varga von Kibéd (2009), Der Körper als Wahrnehmungsorgan in der systemischen Aufstellungsarbeit, in G.L. Baxa, C. Essen, A.H. Kreszmeier (eds.), Verkörperungen. Systemische Aufstellung, Körperarbeit und Ritual, Heidelberg, Carl Auer.
  32. A. Zaner (2010), Editorial Introduction [to The Field of Consciousness], in The Collected Works of Aron Gurwitsch (1901-1973), vol. III: The Field of Consciousness: Theme, Thematic Field, and Margin, New York, Springer Dordrecht.



  1. Impossibile comunicare con Crossref: The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel.

Christian Meyer, Frank Oberzaucher, Rilevanza e «riflessività incorporata»: tratti base presenti nel pensiero di Gurwitsch, Merleau-Ponty e Garfinkel in "SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE " 124/2021, pp. 160-180, DOI:10.3280/SR2021-124010

   

FrancoAngeli è membro della Publishers International Linking Association associazione indipendente e no profit per facilitare l'accesso degli studiosi ai contenuti digitali nelle pubblicazioni professionali e scientifiche