Sociology of Personal Life by Vanessa MaySociology of Personal Life by Vanessa May

Sociology of Personal Life

byVanessa May

Paperback | August 23, 2011

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What can Sociology tell us about our personal lives, families and intimate relationships? This book explains how key theoretical perspectives and relevant contemporary research in the discipline can shed new light on even the most familiar areas of our everyday worlds.

From friendships and pets, to political engagement and social legislation, the text shows how distinctions and connections can be drawn between our public and private lives. Each chapter explores a familiar topic that illustrates how individual relationships and lives can be shaped by social contexts, and how personal choices shape the wider social world. Using vivid case examples drawn from topical areas of debate, such as marriage rights and the role of social networking, the book is clearly laid out and easy to read. It gives useful explanations of theory and invaluable advice on how to carry out research on personal lives and relationships. This is essential reading for students of Sociology interested in family, relationships and beyond.
VANESSA MAY is Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK.
Title:Sociology of Personal LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pagesPublished:August 23, 2011Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230278973

ISBN - 13:9780230278974

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Table of Contents

Introducing a Sociology of Personal Life; V.May.- Conceptualising the Personal; D.Morgan.- Personal life in the Past; W.Bottero.- Close Relationships and Personal Life; C.Smart.- 'Marriage' and the Personal Life of Same Sex Couples; A.Einarsdottir.- What It Means to be Related; J.Mason.- Friendship and Personal Life; K.Davies.- Pets and Personal Life; B.Tipper.- Children's Personal Lives; C.Smart.- Personal Life in Public Spaces; V.May.- Are We Running Out of Time?; D.Southerton.- Consumer Culture and Personal Life; D.Southerton.- Personal Life and Politics; G.Edwards.- Researching Personal Life; V.May.- Conclusion: Why a Sociology of Personal Life?; V.May.- Glossary.

Editorial Reviews

"Sociology of Personal Life is an exciting text which, in ranging from private to public, partners to pets, unsettles distinctions and offers new insights. The authors combine theory and research not only with skill but with exemplary grace. It will rejuvenate the field."- Kerreen Reiger, La Trobe University, Australia  "Sociology of Personal Life provides important new insights into a core sociological theme – the social construction of personal life. In doing so, it extends the breadth of our thinking into new realms of inquiry, as well as encouraging the reader to revisit old themes in a new light. The book will appeal to students and researchers interested in understanding how the personal is social."-Janeen Baxter, The University of Queensland, Australia