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Normality: A Critical Genealogy

Peter Cryle and Elizabeth Stephens


The first part of this study examines nineteenth-century usage of the term “normal,” where it is a problematic and often contested scientific term, before analyzing mid-twentieth-century representations of a more public kind, in photography, museums and the media where the use of the term becomes remarkably widespread while continuing to be contested and ambiguous. It could be said that this genealogy moves from intellectual to cultural history, although the main point is to hold the two together. This is a contribution to cultural studies showing what an intellectual history of medical scienc ... More

Keywords: anthropometry, statistics, medicine, teratology, eugenics, criminal anthropology, sexology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226483863
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226484198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Cryle, author
University of Queensland

Elizabeth Stephens, author
University of Queensland