The Everyday, Event and the Problem of the Normative

How are norms made? From where do they emerge and what is the force that they carry? Rather than assume the taken for granted quality of norms, the discipline also alerts us to the practices of norm making. The most potent example of this is found in the complex relation between the everyday and the extraordinary. Faculty members have spent considerable time in exploring the embedding of collective violence as well as an ecological disaster in everyday life. Equally, faculty members and advanced research students have charted how religious practices marked by a sense of the transcendent move into the conduct of the quotidian. An emerging area deals with the ways in which medicalized futures are integrated into the ordinary.