Living in a World Heritage Site. Ethnography of Houses and Daily Life in the Fez Medina

Manon Istasse (2019)

Cham: Palgrave/Springer.

Excerpt. “Conflicts are not, of course, limited to the heritage realm. They are at the core of the sociology of conventions—or economy of conventions, or theory of conventions—that focuses on discordances and disputes and critical moments. This focus is based on the assumption of a plurality of worlds and of a permanent alignment of human beings with each other in their actions with the aim of reaching temporary agreements (Dodier 1991). Scholars put to the fore the notion of coordination or negotiation; that is, the processes by which harmony and alignment are reached through engagement. During these disputes, human beings justify their actions and sayings by referring to conventions—that is, ‘interpretative frameworks established and used by actors in order to evaluate
actions and their coordination’ (Diaz-Bone and Thévenot 2010: 4, my translation).”

p. 207-208

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