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Practicing Positive Asymmetry

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/9780226100296.003.0003
Practicing Positive Asymmetry

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This chapter discusses issues related to the practice of positive asymmetry. It argues that the practices used to distance the worst from our perceptual portholes are not haphazard or accidental but are strategic and oriented to practical outcomes. This chapter highlights the role of institutionalized cultural practices in the understanding of positive asymmetry and its prevalence. It also explains the three sets of practices that both initiate and sustain positive asymmetry: eclipsing practices, clouding practices, and recasting practices.

Keywords: positive asymmetry; the worst; perceptual potholes; cultural practices; eclipsing practices; clouding practices; recasting practices

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Subjects: Sociology

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