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Hynes, M., Sharpe, S.
Habits, style and how to wear them lightly
(2015) Cultural Geographies, 22 (1), pp. 67-83.

DOI: 10.1177/1474474014560682

Abstract
Contributing to cultural geography’s emerging interest in the work of Felix Ravaisson, this article explores the relationship between the impersonal force of habit and the personalised production of subjectivity. More precisely, our concern is with the relationship between habit and the stylisation of self that can be witnessed in the production of the intellectual subject. Paying particular attention to the relationship he traces between habit, consciousness and the effort that defines subjectivity, we explore the implications of Ravaisson’s understanding of habit for the work of style, understood as an integration of habits and dispositions into a manner of being. By exploring the question of intellectual style in the work of Alain Badiou, Michel Foucault and Friedrich Nietzsche, we consider what the implications might be of performing that task of integration lightly, without the lofty weightiness that often attends intellectual life.


Author Keywords

Badiou; Foucault; habit; intellectual style; lightness; Nietzsche

Index Keywords
art, cultural geography, social theory

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