Battles at the Boundary of the Self

  • David Gary Shaw
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


The making of the individual through social interaction was the subject of chapters 4 and 5. We have isolated a context in which a person was fashioned amidst the needs and ideas of a group, its assumptions, and social practices. Congruently, it has become clear that the social control produced by these institutions and practices was itself limited by the individual desires that stand at the heart of all disputes. None of those disagreements began from lofty first principles. They developed from recent, irritating, and personal problems.The so-called structures include both the force of the habitus (the collected predispositions of a social world) and the consequences of everyone’s individual choices and actions. As we have seen, these choices developed against the backdrop of hierarchy and differential public standing and they produced social selves of greatly varying scope and quality, inevitably made by converse with others.


Physical Violence Verbal Violence Royal Court Sexual Language Medieval Town 
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