Blind to Sameness: Sexpectations and the Social Construction by Asia Friedman

By Asia Friedman

What is the position of the senses in how we comprehend the area? Cognitive sociology has lengthy addressed the way in which we understand or think limitations in our usual lives, yet Asia Friedman pushes this query extra nonetheless. How, she asks, did we come to blind ourselves to intercourse sameness?

Drawing on greater than sixty interviews with decidedly varied populations—the blind and the transgendered—Blind to Sameness solutions provocative questions about the relationships among intercourse alterations, biology, and visible conception. either teams communicate from specific views that enlarge the social development of dominant visible conceptions of intercourse, permitting Friedman to envision the visible development of the sexed physique and highlighting the procedures of social conception underlying our daily event of female and male our bodies. the result's a extraordinary contribution to the sociologies of gender, tradition, and cognition that might revolutionize the best way we predict approximately intercourse.

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80 Given that these collective practices of selective disattention are so fundamental to creating and maintaining social reality, it seems important to identify a conceptual system that can effectively serve us in analyzing them. 26 TOWARD A SOCIOLOGY OF PERCEPTION Filter Analysis One of my central claims in the previous section was that—although not always directly acknowledged as such—normative practices of selective attention and inattention actually form a common theme connecting many of the most prominent theories of the social construction of reality.

In light of this, one of the virtues of the metaphor of a frame is that it is based on a very evocative spatial image that effectively illustrates that we focus on some details while ignoring others. However, due to its structure, the frame metaphor suffers from two important analytic limitations. First, although frame offers a clear depiction of “in” and “out,” it is a binary representation in which the attended and disattended are fully separated and spatially contiguous, rather than interwoven in the same conceptual space.

More generally, the concept of framing basically boils down to a process of selective attention. ”65 Another definition that specifically highlights selective inattention states that “schemata . . allow the brain to exclude the specific details of a new experience and retain only the generalities that liken the event to other experiences in one’s past. . Discrepant features . . ”66 Bourdieu’s descriptions of habitus similarly highlight socially normative practices of selective attention and disattention.

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