Understanding dyslexia
Understanding dyslexia

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1.2 Definitions of ‘normality’

What do we mean when we say something is ‘normal’?

Activity 1

Write down what you would consider to be ‘normal’ for each of the following examples:

  • women's height;

  • eyesight;

  • behaviour when waiting for a bus;

  • consumption of alcohol.


Each of your answers to Activity 1 will reflect a different approach to defining ‘normality’. We will examine each of these approaches in turn. Note that there are quotation marks around the word ‘normality’. This is to show that we are exploring the meaning of the word, and accept that there is no one unproblematic definition. Throughout the chapter, quotation marks around any word indicates that there are issues or debates about the definition of the word.

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