the micro-political, is has always seemed to me, is so volatile and fragile. In a recent meeting with my collegeus, I made a flippant remark that incensed one colleague. The hurt was not meant and the fallout, although short, was extremely intense. I had to put it all back together, since I had smashed it.
This got me to thinking about how personality and ideolgoy co-articulate each other. There are behavioural standards that haunt each subculture, modalities of address and language use that attend each ideological moment and certain kinds of habitus that hold sway over it all. This is what Bourdieu called somatisation - the manner in which the body as articulated through culture can hold the ideological field together, project a fantasy that the meanings of the world come from within (for a left-wing secularist like me this is the first sin).
that indeed is a potent constellation, but it is one that works extremely effectively