Making Sense of Everyday Life
July 2009, Polity
Each chapter is organized around three main themes: 'rituals and routines', 'social order', and 'challenging the taken-for-granted', with intriguing examples and illustrations. Theoretical approaches from ethnomethodology, Symbolic Interactionism and social psychology are introduced and applied to real-life situations, and there is clear emphasis on empirical research findings throughout. Social order depends on individuals following norms and rules which are so familiar as to appear natural; yet, as Scott encourages the reader to discover, these are always open to question and investigation.
This user-friendly book will appeal to undergraduate students across the social sciences, including the sociology of everyday life, the sociology of emotions, social psychology and cultural studies, and will reveal the fascinating significance our everyday habits hold.
Detailed Contents vi
Illustration Acknowledgements xii
1 What is Everyday Life? 1
2 Theorizing the Mundane 10
3 Emotions 33
4 Home 49
5 Time 69
6 Eating and Drinking 92
7 Health, Illness and Disability 116
8 Shopping 139
9 Leisure 161
10 Researching Everyday Life 184
- Student-friendly introduction to the sociology of everyday
- 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
- Encourages students to look afresh at routines and challenge
the ‘taken-for-granted’ to see how the basic actions we
perform each day construct and reflect larger social structures and
- Will appeal across a variety of disciplines, such as sociology of everyday life, sociology of emotions, social psychology and cultural studies.
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
Tia DeNora, University of Exeter