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The ideal norm

What is the identikit in our heads of what the ideal member of an institution -- student or staff -- is 'like'? Richard Dyer (1987) has argued that there is no more privileged position to be in that to embody whatever is unthinkingly regarded as 'normal'. Unsettling dominant cultures necessitates then being able to begin to define the contours of the (unspoken) norm and therefore of what we (perhaps unconsciously) regard as ‘not normal’. We often hear talk of whether or not someone would be a good ‘fit’ with our institutions, academic departments, faculties and so on. Notions of ‘fitness’ need to be interrogated in relation to institutional culture.

Last Modified: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:00:50 SAST