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Disrupted Lives: How People Create Meaning in a Chaotic World

by Becker, Gaylene

  • ISBN: 9780520209138
  • ISBN10: 0520209133

Disrupted Lives: How People Create Meaning in a Chaotic World

by Becker, Gaylene

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publish date: 01/01/2006
  • ISBN: 9780520209138
  • ISBN10: 0520209133
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Description: Our lives are full of disruptions, from the minor -- a flat tire, an unexpected phone call -- to the fateful -- a diagnosis of infertility, an illness, the death of a loved one. In the first book to examine disruption in American life from a cultural rather than a psychological perspective, Gay Becker follows hundreds of people to find out what they do after something unexpected occurs. Starting with bodily distress, she shows how individuals recount experiences of disruption metaphorically, drawing on important cultural themes to help them reestablish order and continuity in their lives. Through vivid and poignant stories of people from different walks of life who experience different types of disruptions, Becker examines how people rework their ideas about themselves and their worlds, from the meaning of disruption to the meaning of life itself.

Becker maintains that to understand disruption, we must also understand cultural definitions of normalcy. She questions what is normal for a family, for health, for womanhood and manhood, and for growing older. In the United States, where life is expected to be orderly and predictable, disruptions are particularly unsettling, she contends. And, while continuity in life is an illusion, it is an effective one because it organizes people's plans and expectations.

Becker's phenomenological approach yields a rich, compelling, and entirely original narrative. Disrupted Lives acknowledges the central place of discontinuity in our existence at the same time as it breaks new ground in understanding the cultural dynamics that underpin life in the United States.

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