Worlds of Common Sense: Equality, Identity, and Two Modes of Impulse Management

Worlds of Common Sense: Equality, Identity, and Two Modes of Impulse Management

by Pauline Pepinsky, Pauline N. Pepinsky
     
 

This book explores the construction and maintenance of alternative worlds of common sense. Employing a comparative approach, Dr. Pepinsky monitors events in Norway and the United States over several decades, treating these countries as prototypes of societies that are classifiable as modern Western democracies, but which exhibit marked contrasts in size and

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This book explores the construction and maintenance of alternative worlds of common sense. Employing a comparative approach, Dr. Pepinsky monitors events in Norway and the United States over several decades, treating these countries as prototypes of societies that are classifiable as modern Western democracies, but which exhibit marked contrasts in size and cultural homogeneity. She examines the conditions under which different social realities are generated, the assumptions that they presuppose, and the practices that sustain them. She then goes on to analyze the methods by which continuity is maintained and the grounds upon which changes are legitimized over time.

Pepinsky directs her book at an interdisciplinary audience. She addresses problems of increasing concern in the social sciences and in the world at large. Cultural differences in modal perspective affect the formulation of public policies and also contribute to intergroup tensions, as interpersonal relations are simultaneously becoming intercultural encounters within many contemporary societies. Researchers and students in social and cross-cultural psychology, ethnography, sociology, and political science will find this work of considerable interest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313289910
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/21/1994
Series:
Contributions in Psychology Series, #26
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1Introduction and Overview: Linking Self and Society in Belief and Action1
2Alternative Definitions of Equality21
3Alternative Threats to Personal Identity: Discovery and Anonymity37
4The Management of Impulse and Two Normalizing Modes of Action53
5Modal Variations and Immanent Definitions of Deviance73
6Mixed Modes of the Sixties: Making and Remaking the American Scene95
7The Shaping of Change and the Process of Modal Symbiosis115
8Norway in the Eighties: The Oil Era and Its Aftermath137
9Cross-Cultural Implications153
10Summing Up and Looking Ahead173
References189
Index209

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