The study of everyday life is fundamental to our understanding of modern society.
This agenda-setting book provides a coherent, interdisciplinary way to engage with everyday activities and environments. Arguing for an innovative, ethnographic approach, it uses detailed examples, based in real world and digital research, to bring its theories to life.
The book focuses on the sensory, embodied, mobile and mediated elements of practice and place as a route to understanding wider issues. By doing so, it convincingly outlines a robust theoretical and methodological approach to understanding contemporary everyday life and activism.
A fresh, timely book, this is an excellent resource for students and researchers of everyday life, activism and sustainability across the social sciences.
Sarah Pink is Professor of Design and Media Ethnography at RMIT University in Australia, and Professor in Applied Social and Cultural Analysis at Halmstad University in Sweden. She is a global leader in sensory and visual ethnography. Her work is usually interdisciplinary and international, connecting anthropological ethnography to design and engineering disciplines as well as to documentary and arts practice, in projects that challenge conventional ethnographic temporalities, and bring academic scholarship to applied research problems. Sarah's other recent books include Doing Visual Ethnography (3rd edition) (2013), Situating Everyday Life (2012) and Advances in Visual Methodology (2012).
Introduction: (Re)Thinking about Everyday Life and Activism Theorizing the Familiar: Practices and Places Researching Practices, Places and Representations: Methodologies and Methods Beyond Doing the Dishes: Putting Kitchen Practices in Place Making the Sensory Home: Laundry Routes and Energy Flows Tracing Neighbourhood Flows: Making a Garden Place (Re)Making Towns: Sustainable Activist Places, Practices and Representations The Digital Places of Everyday Life: Thinking about Activism and the Internet Conclusions: Sustainable Places, Activist Practices and Everyday Life