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Making Sense of Reality: Culture and Perception in Everyday Life

by Tia DeNora SAGE Publications Ltd
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What is reality and how do we make sense of it in everyday life? What makes some things meaningful and others instantly forgettable? Why do some realities seem more real than others, and what of seemingly contradictory and multiple realities? In this accomplished study, Tia DeNora helps us to make sense of reality. She considers reality as we represent, perceive and experience it, demonstrating how technology, objects, people and gestures operate and combine to produce a sense of and lsquo;real and rsquo; experience.Thought provoking and brilliantly illustrated, it offers readers an exciting new way of understanding identity, society and culture.

Philosophically Informed Sociology
Introducing 'Slow Sociology'
Cultural Sociology
Culturally Figured Reality
Once More, With Feeling - beyond performance
Variations in Space and Time
Multiple Realities and their Maintenance
Artful Practice and Making Sense
Making Sense of Reality: Perception as Action
The Sense of Reality: here, now, artfully, pragmatically and with consequences

'Making Sense of Reality articulates what culture is and how it works. It brings substantive concreteness to a concept that is so central it ordinarily defies clear definition. DeNora brings together a wide range of literatures while maintaining a strongly insightful and original voice of her own.' Mark Jacobs 'This book amends ordinary cultural sociology by providing it with meaning and sensitivity, and at the end leaves far away behind us the idea of any coherent ensemble of constraints determining us in spite of us, to the benefit of a collective experience able to produce new realities, relations, sites of expression and of living together. Excellent, politically/ethically empowering, and innovative!' Antoine Hennion