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Never Saw It ComingCultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst$
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Karen A. Cerulo

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226100326

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226100296.001.0001

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What's the Worst That Could Happen?

What's the Worst That Could Happen?

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(p.1) Chapter One What's the Worst That Could Happen?
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Never Saw It Coming
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Karen A. Cerulo

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226100296.003.0001

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

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