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Sociologies of Everyday Life

Sociologies of everyday life are qualitative sociologies that examine small-group interaction and place a primacy on understanding and reporting the lives of the members of everyday life as they see it or as close as possible to it. They all share a common concern with the members' perspective about society and a qualitative methodological approach to the study of human interaction. Sociologies of everyday life encompass a variety of sociologies, most of which never refer to or associate themselves with the name sociologies of everyday life. The term itself comes from a book by Jack Douglas and some of his graduate students (Douglas et al. 1980).

The origins of the sociologies of everyday life are diverse. Douglas attributes its origin to the nineteenth-century Scottish moral ...

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