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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

The book provides a notably extensive case study based approach to decipher how we make sense of reality in our everyday. DeNora draws upon an eclectic mix of theories, such as socio-music, sociology of health and illness, embodiment, organisational culture and neuropsychology, in support of her argument, claiming that ‘the aim of this slightly magpie tactic is to provide tasting-sized portions of what sociology can show, and what it can do’.