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Habit geographies: the perilous zones in the life of the individual

Habit geographies: the perilous zones in the life of the individual 561172 CGJ0010.1177/1474474014561172Cultural GeographiesDewsbury and Bissell research-article2014 Introduction cultural geographies 2015, Vol. 22(1) 21 –28 © The Author(s) 2014 Habit geographies: the Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav perilous zones in the life DOI: 10.1177/1474474014561172 cgj.sagepub.com of the individual J.D. Dewsbury University of Bristol, UK David Bissell Australian National University, Australia Habit is a compromise effected between the individual and his environment, or between the individual and his own organic eccentricities, the guarantee of a dull inviolability, the lightning-conductor of his existence. Habit is the ballast that chains the dog to his vomit. Breathing is habit. Life is habit. Or rather life is a succession of habits, since the individual is a succession of individuals; the world being a projection of the individual’s consciousness (an objectivation of the individual’s will, Schopenhauer would say), the pact must be continually renewed, the letter of safe-conduct brought up to date. The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day. Habit then is the generic term for the countless treaties concluded between the countless subjects that constitute the individual and their countless correlative objects. The periods of transition that separate consecutive adaptations (because by no expedient http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cultural Geographies SAGE

Habit geographies: the perilous zones in the life of the individual

Cultural Geographies , Volume 22 (1): 8 – Jan 1, 2015

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561172 CGJ0010.1177/1474474014561172Cultural GeographiesDewsbury and Bissell research-article2014 Introduction cultural geographies 2015, Vol. 22(1) 21 –28 © The Author(s) 2014 Habit geographies: the Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav perilous zones in the life DOI: 10.1177/1474474014561172 cgj.sagepub.com of the individual J.D. Dewsbury University of Bristol, UK David Bissell Australian National University, Australia Habit is a compromise effected between the individual and his environment, or between the individual and his own organic eccentricities, the guarantee of a dull inviolability, the lightning-conductor of his existence. Habit is the ballast that chains the dog to his vomit. Breathing is habit. Life is habit. Or rather life is a succession of habits, since the individual is a succession of individuals; the world being a projection of the individual’s consciousness (an objectivation of the individual’s will, Schopenhauer would say), the pact must be continually renewed, the letter of safe-conduct brought up to date. The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day. Habit then is the generic term for the countless treaties concluded between the countless subjects that constitute the individual and their countless correlative objects. The periods of transition that separate consecutive adaptations (because by no expedient

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