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Everyday Life


Boas, Franz. Race, Language and Culture. New York: Macmillan, 1940.

Braudel, Fernand. The Structures of Everyday Life. London: Collins, 1981. Translation of Les structures du quotidien. A pioneering study of material culture in early modern Europe, first published in 1967.

Certeau, Michel de. The Practice of Everyday Life. Translated by Stephen Rendall. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1984. Translation of L'invention du quotidien. A classic that put the sociological study of everyday life on the intellectual map. Elias, Norbert. "The Concept of Everyday Life." In The Norbert

Elias Reader: A Biographical Selection, edited by Jan Goudsblom and Stephen Mennell, 166–174. Oxford, U.K., and Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 1998. An incisive reminder of the ambiguities of the concept. Translation of "Zum Begriff des Alltags."

Freud, Sigmund. Psychopathology of Everyday Life. New York: Macmillan, 1914. Translation of Zur Psychopathologie des Alltagslebens, 1904.

Goffman, Erving. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1959. An influential study, viewing the everyday in terms of drama.

Heller, Agnes. Everyday Life. Translated by G. L. Campbell. London and Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1984. A philosophy of everyday life drawing on Marx, Husserl, and Weber, originally published in Hungarian in 1970.

Lefebvre, Henri. Critique of Everyday Life. London and New York: Verso, 1991. Translation of Critique de la vie quotidienne. A pioneering sociological study, insufficiently appreciated when it was first published in 1947.

Lotman, Juri. "The Poetics of Everyday Behaviour in Russian Eighteenth-Century Culture." In The Semiotics of Russian Culture. Edited by Ann Shukman. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1984.

Lüdtke, Alf. "The Historiography of Everyday Life." In Culture, Ideology and Politics, edited by Raphael Samuel and Gareth Stedman Jones, 38–54. London: Routledge, 1982.

Schutz, Alfred. "On Multiple Realities." In his Collected Papers. Vol. 1. Edited by Maurice Natanson. 3 vols. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1962–1966. Originally published in 1945.

Scott, James C. Weapons of the Weak. Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1985.

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