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What's the Worst That Could Happen?

Karen A. Cerulo

in Never Saw It Coming

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226100326
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226100296 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226100296.003.0001
What's the Worst That Could Happen?

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This chapter discusses the coverage of this volume which is about envisioning the worst. Building on theories and ideas forwarded by both cultural and cognitive sociologists, this chapter argues that the inability to envision and specify the worst is, in part, a sociocultural phenomenon. It explains that the worst can become a perceptual blind spot, obscured or blurred by a variety of routine and patterned sociocultural practice and this makes it hard to define. This chapter also provides a summary of the chapters in this volume.

Keywords: envisioning the worst; sociocultural phenomenon; perceptual blind spot; sociocultural practices; cultural sociology; cognitive sociology

Chapter.  6755 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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