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Making Sense of Reality: Culture and Perception in Everyday Life

by Tia DeNora SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
10/2014
ISBN:
9781446202005
Format:
Pbk 200 pages
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This book suggests that the realities we take as 'real' are the result of real-time, situated practices that draw on and draw together many things - technologies and objects, people, gestures, meanings and media. Examining these practices illuminates reality (or rather our sense of it) as always, 'virtually real', that is simplified and artfully produced. This examination also shows us how the sense of reality that we make is nonetheless real in its consequences.

Reality in Everyday Life offers students and teachers a guide to analyzing social life. It develops a performance-based perspective ('doing things with') that highlights the ever-revised dimension of realities and links this perspective to a focus on object-relations and an ecological model of culture-in-action.

Philosophically Informed Sociology
Introducing 'Slow Sociology'
Cultural Sociology
Culturally Figured Reality
Once More, With Feeling - beyond performance
Variations in Space and Time
Reflexivity
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’.