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Authors: Boll, Tobias
Title: Becoming ‘(ab-)normal’: normality, deviance, and doing life course transitions
Online publication date: 14-Oct-2022
Year of first publication: 2022
Language: english
Abstract: This chapter examines how a particular kind of life course transitions, those between affiliations to categories of “human distinctions” like gender, ethnicity, or age, are culturally observed in terms of their normality or deviance. It asks how framings and doings of such transitions as (not) ‘normal’ are related to those of individuals in transition. To this end, it introduces the analytical framework of “un/doing differences” as a way of understanding categorizations of humans as the product of drawing distinctions and connects it to the concept of “doing transitions”. It argues that doing transitions can be understood as one mode of un/doing differences. To illustrate this point, the chapter presents reflections on how affiliations to human categories, combinations of affiliations, and of doing transitions between them are linked to cultural definitions of normality and deviance.
DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
300 Social sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 02 Sozialwiss., Medien u. Sport
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Buchbeitrag
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY
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Citation: Doing Transitions in the Life Course : Processes and Practices
Stauber, Barbara
Walther, Andreas
Settersten, Richard A, Jr.
Pages or article number: 169
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publisher place: Cham
Issue date: 2022
ISBN: 978-3-031-13511-8
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-13512-5_11
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