Understanding Everyday Life (Sociology and Society)

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By focusing on familiar sites and scenes – the home, the pub, the street – this text introduces students to contemporary debates about the social organisation of everyday life.


  • Introduces debates about the sociology of everyday life in an accessible, student-friendly manner.
  • Covers major topics in the sociology of daily life from the private sphere through to work, consumption and the community.
  • Shows how the perspectives of sociology, cultural studies and feminism can shed new light on everyday life.
  • Employs a wide range of richly-worked examples to illustrate the debates.
  • Forms part of a four-book series on sociology and society.

For more information about this book and the Sociology & Society series, visit the accompanying website at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/ou

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By focusing on familiar sites and scenes – the home, the pub, the street – this text introduces students to contemporary debates about the social organization of everyday life. From the private sphere through to work, consumption and the community, it reveals the intricacies of social processes and structures as they affect students' own lives.

Using richly-illustrated examples, the authors demonstrate how the perspectives of sociology, cultural studies and feminism can shed new light on aspects of day-to-day social life that are usually taken for granted. At the same time, they place these debates in historical perspective, both by tracing key historical changes in the patterns of everyday life and by looking at the history of social thought about the everyday. The authors consider a broad range of theoretical approaches to everyday life and explore these in the light of class, ethnicity, age, gender and sexuality.

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Tony Bennett is Professor of Sociology at The Open University. His previous publications include Accounting for Tastes: Australian Everyday Cultures (with Michael Emmison and John Frow) (1999), Culture: A Reformer's Science (1998) and The Birth of the Museum (1995).

Diane Watson is Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor at The Open University. Her research interests focus on the sociology of work, careers, occupations, identities, organizational change, and the organizational impact of information technology.

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