Multiple Normalities: Making Sense Of Ways Of Living

Hardcover | April 29, 2015

byBarbara A. Misztal

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Multiple Normalities: Making Sense of Ways of Living enhances sociological understandings of normality by illustrating it with the help of British novels. Barbara A. Misztal conceptualizes the notion of normality as the frame through which people see and interpret their particular historical circumstances. Assuming that literature constitutes a kind of knowledge about the experience of the social world which is complementary to sociological knowledge, it investigates the representations of normality in prize-winning novels published between 1950 and 1970 and between 1990 and 2010. Multiple Normalities analyzes the novels in terms of how their central images of normality demonstrate commonalities and differences between the meanings of normality in the two different periods, as well as changes in the experience of a sense of normality in the last sixty years. Misztal, by illustrating the emergence of multiple normalities, demonstrates the transformation of ways in which we give meaning to the world.

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Multiple Normalities: Making Sense of Ways of Living enhances sociological understandings of normality by illustrating it with the help of British novels. Barbara A. Misztal conceptualizes the notion of normality as the frame through which people see and interpret their particular historical circumstances. Assuming that literature cons...

Barbara A. Misztal is Professor of Sociology at Leicester University, UK. She is the author of The Challenges of Vulnerability (2011), Public Intellectuals and the Public Good (2007), Social Theories of Remembering (2003), Informality, Social Theory and Contemporary Practice (2000), and Trust in Modern Society (1996).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:April 29, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230336957

ISBN - 13:9780230336957

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Normality as a Sociological Concept
PART I: TOWARDS A SOCIOLOGY OF NORMALITY
1. How Normality Became the Norm
2. Explaining Normality in Making
PART II: REPRESENTATIONS OF NORMALITY IN LITERATURE
3. Literature as an Aid in Understanding Social
4. The Transgression of Solid Normality: The Novels of the 1950s and 1960s
5. The Transfiguration of Normality: The Novels of the 1990s and 2000s
PART III: MAKING SENSE OF NORMALITY
6. Similarities Between the Two Periods' Images of Normality
7. Differences Between the Two Periods' Images of Normality
Conclusion: The Mystery of Normality