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What is reality and how do we make sense of it in everyday life? Why do some realities seem more real than others, and what of seemingly contradictory and multiple realities? This book considers reality as we represent, perceive and experience it. It suggests that the realities we take as ‘real’ are the result of real-time, situated practices that draw on and draw together many things - technologies and objects, people, gestures, meanings and media. Examining these practices illuminates reality (or rather our sense of it) as always ‘virtually real’, that is simplified and artfully produced. This examination also shows us how the sense of reality that we make is nonetheless real in its consequences. Making Sense of Reality offers students and educators a guide to analysing social life. It develops a performance-based perspective (‘doing things with’) that highlights the ever-revised dimension of realities and links this perspective to a focus on object-relations and an ecological model of culture-in-action.

Introducing Slow Sociology
Introducing Slow Sociology

Thinking about how our senses of reality take shape in daily life involves both general and specific questions. The general questions will be familiar to philosophers. They include matters such as: What is ‘the world’? How solid are realities within the world? What does it take to effect change in the nature of reality? Is reality embedded ‘in’ things, or does it reside ‘in’ the relations between things? To what extent is reality an outcome of cultural practice? How do we come to know realities? What is the relationship between knowing realities and the realities we know?

To pose these questions is in turn to ask about the flexibility of realities, namely: to what extent can reality change its shape as it passes from place to place, time to ...

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