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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.

Beyond Doing the Dishes: Putting Kitchen Practices in Place
Beyond doing the dishes: Putting kitchen practices in place

Imagine a man in his early thirties, approaching his kitchen sink, leaning backwards slightly to accommodate the sloping wall of his attic flat, which inclined over the sink. It looked, as he put it, ‘very tricky [because] … you have to stand like this and bend your knees which means you don't want to stand here for too long’. A friend had considered moving in to share the flat with him but, he told me, ‘She said she wouldn't do that because of the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink was the thing that stopped it in the end. It was the clincher but she wasn't sure anyway’. As ...

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