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Seeing the Light: The Social Logic of Personal Discovery

Thomas DeGloma


This book explores the distinctly social logic of awakening narratives -- autobiographical stories people tell about having once been contained in a world of darkness and ignorance and subsequently awakening to an enlightened understanding of their experiences and situations. It analyzes a wide variety of stories spanning roughly ten thousand years of history and pertaining to various philosophical, religious, political, scientific, psychological, and sexual subject matters. Despite these otherwise significant variations, and even when different agents express conflicting or oppositional notio ... More

Keywords: autobiography, cognition, culture, memory, identity, awakening, narrative, trauma, religious conversion, sexual conversion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226175744
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226175911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas DeGloma, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York