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Re-assembling ’the normal’ in Neo-liberal times : Tracing (new) closures of ‘normality’ in the age of Risk
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Normalization and neoliberal welfare state)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Normalization and neoliberal welfare state)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5337-3287
2013 (English)In: ESA 2013 Torino: Crisis, critique and change, 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The meaning of 'the normal' tends to slidefrom the valued ideal, to the ordinary (orstatistically normal), which is constituted asthe opposite of deficiency, deviation or socialproblem. Between these poles are limitlesspossible shifts in meaning. The ordinary shiftseasily from something neutral (common,perhaps even dull), to something desirable orideal when it is applied in social situations.Thus the normalization processes are neitherinnocent nor value free. The notion of "being atrisk" is central to the doing of normality incontemporary society. By formulating orcreating hazards in a community, 'the normal'becomes re-assembled as not being "at risk",an assemblage that is becoming narrower andmore difficult to uphold. By means of thenotion of risk, power reaches all aspects of lifethrough subjective internalization andnormalization, but also draws the boundariesbetween those belonging and needs to besafeguarded against risk, and those whose lifeis expendable. We argue that who becomescategorized as being "at risk" can tell us agreat deal about who qualify as a "normal"citizen, and how this intersect with gender,class, age, and race/ethnicity. Drawing onpolicy related documents concerning health,unemployment, education and integration ouraim of this paper is to explore the doings of"risk" and its joint processes of normalizationin terms of gender, ethnicity, age/generationand class-based inequality and discriminationas well as inclusions and privileges within thecontext of the Swedish welfare state.

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2013.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20761OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-20761DiVA: diva2:680309
Conference
11th European sociological association conference, 28th-31st August, Turin
Projects
Normalization and neoliberal welfare state.
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 344-2011-5104
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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