Seeking the New Normal? Troubled Spaces of Encountering Visible Differences in Warsaw

Aneta Piekut, Ulrike M Vieten, Gill Valentine

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    In times of globalisation and super-mobility, ideas of normality are in turmoil. In different societies in, across and beyond Europe, we face the challenge of undoing specific notions of normality and creating more inclusive societies with an open culture of learning to live with differences. The scope of
    the paper is to introduce some findings on encounters with difference and negotiations of social values in relation to a growing visibility of difference after 1989 in Poland, on the background of a critique of normality/normalisation and normalcy.On the basis of interviews conducted inWarsaw, we investigate how normality/normalisation discourses of visible homosexuality and physical disability are incorporated into individual self-reflections and justifications of prejudices (homophobia and disabilism). More specifically we argue that there are moments of ‘cultural transgressions’ present in everyday practices towards ‘visible’sexual and (dis)ability difference.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)541-558
    Number of pages17
    JournalPolish Sociological Review
    Issue number188
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • difference
    • visibility
    • normalisation
    • sexuality
    • disability
    • Poland

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