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Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 331–334 | Cite as

Seeing the Light: Qualitative Research, Culture, and Cognition

  • Donileen Loseke
Book Review

Seeing the Light: The Social Logic of Personal Discovery. By Thomas DeGloma, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014, 242 pp., ISBN: 13–978–0-226-17,588-1

Culture and Cognition. By Wayne H. Brekhus, Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2015, 218 pp., ISBN: 978–0–7456-7176-5 (hardback), 978–0–7456-7177-2 (paperback)

In Plain Sight: The Social Structure of Irrelevance. By Eviatar Zerubavel, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015, 199 pp., ISBN 978–0–19-936,661-3

People who recovered memories of childhood abuse and people who now believe their previously recovered memories were wrong. Former heterosexuals now identifying as gay and former gays now identifying as heterosexual. Former drug addicts who now are born again Christians and former Christian ministers now embracing atheism. According to Thomas DeGloma, people experiencing such radical shifts in worldviews, identities, and social networks make sense of these transitions through “awakening stories.” Regardless of their specific contents,...

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  4. Zerubavel, Eviatar. 2007. Generally speaking: The logic and mechanics of social pattern analysis. Sociological Forum 22(2): 131–145.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyTampaUSA

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