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.
Red Globe Press
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23 August 2011
Out of Print
Introducinga 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.
VANESSA MAY is Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK.
Reviews for Sociology of Personal Life
'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, Associate Professor, Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia