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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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Practicing Positive Asymmetry

Practicing Positive Asymmetry

(p.72) Chapter Three Practicing Positive Asymmetry
Never Saw It Coming

Karen A. Cerulo

University of Chicago Press

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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