Ageing, Narrative and Identity: New Qualitative Social by Dr Nick Hubble;Philip Tew

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Ben Highmore (2002) cites Georg Simmel’s description of ‘sociology as impressionism’ (35) and explains that ‘the attention to the details of everyday life (a form of sociological microscopy) means that the experiential, instead of being located in great events, is extended to the nonevent-ness of the everyday [ ... ]’ (34). The next chapter will examine how the mode of the transmission and exchange of everyday agency and identity is located in narrative reflections upon the minutiae of the quotidian and their exchange.

9). As Hermann Broch (2002) comments of public and intellectual exchange in an era of violence and conflict, ‘the world is full of voices. Not the voices of dialogue and discourse, but muddled voices, as if from a broken loudspeaker, each shouting down and drowning out the others, a Babel of languages and ideas ignoring each other’ (42). Against such a backdrop, daily, constantly, and unceasingly, humans face an immensity of detail and eventfulness that presents itself in everyday experience, but, despite Broch’s pessimism, seem by and large not to be overwhelmed.

As Hermann Broch (2002) comments of public and intellectual exchange in an era of violence and conflict, ‘the world is full of voices. Not the voices of dialogue and discourse, but muddled voices, as if from a broken loudspeaker, each shouting down and drowning out the others, a Babel of languages and ideas ignoring each other’ (42). Against such a backdrop, daily, constantly, and unceasingly, humans face an immensity of detail and eventfulness that presents itself in everyday experience, but, despite Broch’s pessimism, seem by and large not to be overwhelmed.

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