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Multiple Normalities

Making Sense of Ways of Living


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction: Normality as a Sociological Concept

  3. Towards the Sociology of Normality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Barbara A. Misztal
      Pages 23-48
    3. Barbara A. Misztal
      Pages 49-79
  4. Representations of Normality in Literature

  5. Making Sense of Normality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
  6. Conclusion: The Mystery of Normality

    1. Barbara A. Misztal
      Pages 214-221
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 222-249

About this book


Multiple Normalities enhances sociological understandings of normality by illustrating it with the help of British novels. It demonstrates commonalities and differences between the meanings of normality in these two periods, exemplifying the emergence of the multiple normalities and the transformation of ways in which we give meaning to the world.


British novel English literature Figuration novel sociology transformation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

About the authors

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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