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The study of everyday life is fundamental to our understanding of modern society. This 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. Sarah Pink focuses on the sensory, embodied, mobile, and mediated elements of practice and place as a route to understanding wider issues. By doing so, she convincingly outlines a robust theoretical and methodological approach to understanding contemporary everyday life and activism.

Making the Sensory Home: Laundry Routes and Energy Flows
Making the sensory home: Laundry routes and energy flows

I began my encounter with Jean in her beamed cottage living room. We had a quick chat before beginning our audio-recorded interview. In this case the interview should not be interpreted simply as a verbal exchange. Rather, settling down to the interview, drinking the coffee Jean had made me, sitting on her chair, I began to soak up the whole environment of her cosy living room, with its textures and ornaments. I sought to identify the smell and hairs of the dog that Jean told me were ever-present, wittily warning me that ‘someone [like me, the ethnographer] comes in with a black skirt on and they go out ...

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