- 龍谷大学国際社会文化研究所紀要 (ISSN:18800807)
- vol.7, pp.269-281, 2005-03-25
'Lifeworld' is a social field in which people have everyday face-to-face communications and interactions, and in which what they say and do inevitably influences it. It is meaningfully autonomous from modern subsystem fields such as the state and capitalist economy in which actions are adjusted by controlling media such as administrative power and money. Lifeworld is 'the horizon within which communicative actions are "always already" moving (Habermas 1987: 119)'. It evades our cognitive grasp. It has a form of knowledge on its own, which comprises assumptions and skills that we make use of almost without awareness (Habermas 1987: 113-197; Nakaoka 1996). Habermas holds that in the late capitalism lifeworld is controlled or 'colonised' by modern system fields and may lose autonomy and liveliness. This article aims at elucidating how gossiping can inspire the embodied imagination shared by participants to prevent 'colonisation' of lifeworld by modern systems, by drawing on data concerning rabies, ninja and vaccination in Flores, Indonesia.