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

Sociology of Personal Life

EditorVanessa May

Paperback | August 23, 2011

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Exploring our own personal life can help us to fully understand broad sociological concepts. This book shows how we can connect our everyday lives and relationships with social ideas. From sexual behaviour to consumption patterns, this book offers wide coverage alongside specific examples to develop the student reader's sociological imagination.
VANESSA MAY is Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK.
Title:Sociology of Personal LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.02 inPublished: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
Researching Personal Life; V.May
Personal Life and Politics; G.Edwards
Conclusion: Why a Sociology of Personal Life?; V.May

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