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Histories of the Normal and the Abnormal

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Histories of the Normal and the Abnormal by Waltraud Ernst
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This fascinating volume tackles the history of the terms 'normal' and 'abnormal'. Originally meaning 'as occurring in nature', normality has taken on significant cultural gravitas and this book recognizes and explores that fact. The essays engage with the concepts of the normal and the abnormal from the perspectives of a variety of academic disciplines - ranging from art history to social history of medicine, literature, and science studies to sociology and cultural anthropology. The contributors use as their conceptual anchors the works of moral and political philosophers such as Canguilhem, Foucault and Hacking, as well as the ideas put forward by sociologists including Durkheim and Illich. With contributions from a range of scholars across differing disciplines, this book will have a broad appeal to students in many areas of history.

Author Biography

University of Southampton, UK
Release date NZ
February 2nd, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
20 black & white illustrations, 20 black & white halftones
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
304
Dimensions
156x234x22
ISBN-13
9780415368438
Product ID
2249840

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