Sociology of Personal Life

Vanessa May (Editor), Petra Nordqvist (Editor)

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The second edition of this textbook further establishes the ground-breaking `personal life' approach to sociology. Consolidating the research of multiple experts into one fully revised volume, the text equips readers with the conceptual tools for understanding the micro level of day-to-day life as well as the relationship between personal experiences and wider social phenomena.

In this edition, the book extends the range and complexity of what constitutes personal life in sociology, with topics such as the home, political participation, gender, the body and material culture explored in depth. Under the careful editorship of Vanessa May and Petra Nordqvist, both traditional and unexpected topics are explored in a way that emphasises the interconnectedness and relevance of each.
Written in an accessible style for readers with no prior knowledge, and incorporating text boxes, figures and discussion questions throughout, this text is an essential for students exploring the relationship between personal experience and wider social phenomena.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Number of pages222
ISBN (Print)9781352005035
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 14 Feb 2019


  • personal life
  • relationships
  • kinship
  • body
  • materiality
  • sexuality
  • home
  • friendship
  • public spaces
  • politics
  • consumption


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