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.
Chapter 2: Theorising the Familiar: Practices and Places
Theorising the Familiar: Practices and Places
This chapter focuses on the theoretical tools needed to understand both how everyday life is constituted and experienced, and the consequences that the living of everyday life has for the environments of which it is part. The existing literature indicates that the study of the relationship between mind, body and environment is essential to this task, as are concepts of knowing, movement and sensing. Moreover, as I have stressed in Chapter 1, to understand everyday life we need to acknowledge that it is neither static nor necessarily mundane, and to understand activism we need to recognise that it not only involves dramatic public actions but is also embedded in ordinary ways of being. Both ...