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The Fine Line: Making Distinctions in Everday Life
Eviatar Zerubavel argues that most of the distinctions we make in our daily lives and in our culture are social constructs. He questions the notion that a clear line can be drawn to separate one time or object or concept from another, and presents witty and provocative counterexamples in defense of ambiguity and anomaly.
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Free Press
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Eviatar Zerubavel has an important insight about the way the human mind categorizes and compartmentalizes reality to create a sense of order in an otherwise chaotic universe. He also recognizes that the opposite of a rigid mind -- one that imposes no structure and leaves us adrift in a sea of ambiguity -- is equally unhelpful. While his advocacy of a mid-way "flexible mind" is welcome, I would have liked him to discuss more about how we can encourage that way of thinking. He spends an inordinate ...more