Histories of the Normal and the Abnormal: Social and Cultural Histories of Norms and Normativity
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.
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Questioning the representation of the court dwarf in Hapsburg Spain
The case of conjoined twins in the nineteenth century
Character characters and curiosities in Britain c17601900
Physiognomic norms and the notion of civic usefulness from Lavater to Galton
Ugliness and abnormality in caricatures of Monsieur Mayeux
Tailoring and the normal body in nineteenthcentury France
British women contesting the concept of the maleasnorm 18701930
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