Student-friendly introduction to the sociology of everyday life.
Introduces in very accessible style the various theories used to
interpret our everyday actions that on the surface of things might
look mundane. Considers topics such as eating and drinking,
leisure, time and schedules, emotions, home, as well as how to
study everyday life.
"This book is a wonderful introduction to sociology. It makes the reader rethink and re-evaluate the meaning and importance of everyday events such as gardening, shopping and eating out. It makes the familiar strange but not unrecognizable." Phil Manning, Cleveland State University "At last we have a study that brings together much of what we have learnt about everyday life from social thinkers over the past fifty years or so. Inspired by Goffman's classic work, Susie Scott brings coherence to previously disparate fields. This book is much needed and long overdue. It provides an invaluable introduction, a unique and comprehensible synthesis. This is an indispensable gift to students of social psychology and social interaction." Ken Plummer, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Essex "A lucid and richly illustrated account of how the so-called little things loom large. Integrating theory and empirical work, this book will be invaluable to teachers and students of everyday life." Tia DeNora, University of Exeter
Susie Scott, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sussex
Acknowledgements. 1. What is Everyday Life?. 2. Theorising the Mundane. 3. Emotions. 4. Home. 5. Time. 6. Eating and Drinking. 7. Health, Illness and Disability. 8. Shopping. 9. Leisure. 10. Researching Everyday Life. Bibliography