MUCH MADNESS IS DIVINEST SENSE
Madness is divinest Sense –
To a discerning Eye –
Much Sense – the starkest Madness –
’Tis the Majority
In this, as all, prevail –
Assent – and you are sane –
Demur – you’re straightway dangerous –
And handled with a Chain –
Emily Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Variorum Edition (Harvard University Press, 1998)
Mangone, E. (2021). Incertezza, futuro, narrazione. Fisciano, Italy: NaSC Free Press (Italian language).
Disasters and the ways in which humanity can find its development inevitably direct reflection towards a sociological reading of socio-cultural phenomena, to the “culture of risk” and the awareness of the risks taken as a means through which to “colonize the future”. In light of this, the book addresses some issues that have emerged in an emergent form with the COVID-19 pandemic (the perception of risk and the future, communication and narration, responsibility, etc.) believing that all these processes not only influence the construction of social reality but assume a priority role in the construction, identification and selection of risks. The idea is to outline a path of reflection on cultural-symbolic aspects that allows the exploration of the processes that take place on different levels (individual, social and cultural) whenever individuals experience an emergency or face a risk. The book consists of two parts, a first one of theoretical framework that “plays” with models and their applications to risk and social narratives of uncertainty (see Preface by Michele Sorice), and a second part, in which the result of the “game” is clearly highlighted in the analysis of the narrative and communicative styles of health risk.