Experiencing Multiple Realities: Alfred Schutz’s Sociology of the Finite Provinces of Meaning, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Experiencing Multiple Realities

Alfred Schutz’s Sociology of the Finite Provinces of Meaning, 1st Edition

By Marius Ion Benţa


152 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book offers a theoretical investigation into the general problem of reality as a multiplicity of ‘finite provinces of meaning’, as developed in the work of Alfred Schutz. A critical introduction to Schutz’s sociology of multiple realities as well as a sympathetic re-reading and reconstruction of his project, Experiencing Multiple Realities traces the genesis and implications of this concept in Schutz’s writings before presenting an analysis of various ways in which it can shed light on major sociological problems, such as social action, social time, social space, identity, or narrativity.

Table of Contents



List of abbreviations

Introduction: realities just ‘real enough’

1. Theory and story: in-between encounters

2. Schutz’s methodological journey

3. The Schutzian FPM model

4. Revisiting the Provinces

5. The life of the provinces

6. Methods of experience

7. Experience as discourse

8. Ancient FPM portals: painted screens



About the Author

Marius I. Benta is Associate Lecturer in the Journalism Department of Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General