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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Encountering the Everyday

An Introduction to the Sociologies of the Unnoticed

ISBN 9780230201224
Publication Date December 2008
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Everyday life is the most important dimension of society. Introducing classical and contemporary theory alongside key empirical work, this is a comprehensive exploration of everyday life sociologies. Written by leading experts in the field, each chapter makes concepts from Existentialism to Semiotics accessible for students and scholars alike.

MICHAEL HVIID JACOBSEN is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Studies in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Organization, Aalborg University, Denmark. He has published widely in the field of everyday life and sociology.

The Everyday: Introduction to an Introduction; M. Hviid Jacobsen
The Chicago School of Sociology; A. Jørgensen and D. Smith
American Pragmatism; R. C. Prus and A. J. Puddephatt
Phenomenological Sociology; S. Overgaard and D. Zahavi
Symbolic Interactionism; D. D. Waskul
Existential Sociology; J. A. Kotarba
Critical Everyday Life Sociologies; M. E. Gardiner
French Sociologies of the Quotidian; D Schilling
Erving Goffman; S. Kristiansen
Ethnomethodology; S. Hester
Conversation Analysis; P. ten Have
The Sociology of the Absurd; M. Hviid Jacobsen
Scandinavian Everyday Life Sociologies; A. Christensen
The Sociology of Emotions; P. Poder
Social Semiotics; P. Vannini
Cultural Studies and Everyday Life; D. Inglis
Interpretive Interactionism; N. K. Denzin


'Encyclopaedic in range, extensively detailed, compellingly written and consistently engaging: Encountering the Everyday is the guide to the varied strands that make up a sociology of everyday life.' Ben Highmore, Reader in Media Studies, University of Sussex.
'The everyday will no longer go unnoticed after reading this compelling book. The international contributors show that the everyday is not mundane but a meaningful and complex topic of theoretical inquiry. It has been a long time since the sociologies of everyday life have been so systematically and throughly examined.' Andrea Fontana, Professor of Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
'As an updated and theoretically informed piece of analysis of the sociologies of everyday life, the anthology [is] an outstanding work for researchers and students interested in questions related to studying everyday life in late-modern societies. It offers a broad variety of articles, which are at the same time historically informative and conceptually clarifying analyses on the various sociologies of everyday life.' Pekka Kuusela, University of Kuopio, Finland in 'Qualitative Sociology Review', August 2009
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