Unveiling the Non-discursivity of the Lifeworld Experience : An Inquiry into the Taken-for-Grantedness of the Spousal Sexual World of Hong Kong Chinese Couples

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-627
Journal / PublicationSociological Inquiry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


Although the phenomenological thesis of the lifeworld (Lebenswelt) has posited that the intersubjective experience is largely non-discursive, sociologists seldom attend to the dimension of non-discursivity in empirical inquiries. Based on the work of Alfred Schutz, this study first endeavors to explicate that lived experience (Erlebnis) is founded on the non-discursivity of the lifeworld, that is, the pre-predicative background expectancies that make possible the everyday life experience. Then, along the Schutzian line of thinking, two novel research techniques-the surface interview and answer-aire-are designed to delve into the taken-for-grantedness of the lifeworld, using the spousal sexual world as a case in point. This study pioneers a way that the structures of the horizon that lie within the unsaid region of the lifeworld become sociologically and scientifically examinable. © 2012 Alpha Kappa Delta.