Everyday life in the real world

Maycroft, Neil (2007) Everyday life in the real world. In: Politics Research Colloquia.

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Everyday Life in the Real World
A discussion paper originally presented at the Politics Research Colloquia, University of Lincoln, December 2007
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Abstract

This paper aims to be both an example of how one may interpret an aspect of the ‘politics’ of everyday life and a critical comment on some of the emerging orthodoxy around the academic study of everyday life. These two themes are intertwined here but in summary the paper argues the following:

• That the politics of everyday life are just as fruitfully approached through empirical study as they are via philosophical or cultural contemplation.

• That the often stated idea that a ‘critique’ of everyday life can be readily built on the foundations of some small detail or other requires qualification.

• That the orthodox distinction between everyday life and non-everyday life in terms of work and non-work realms needs qualification.

Specifically, the paper concerns an empirical description, and subsequent analysis, of a series of everyday events, their effects and significant conse- quences; it describes changes, and the effects of these changes, occurring at Nottingham railway station over a short period of time (4 weeks from 29/09/02 onwards).

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:This paper aims to be both an example of how one may interpret an aspect of the ‘politics’ of everyday life and a critical comment on some of the emerging orthodoxy around the academic study of everyday life. These two themes are intertwined here but in summary the paper argues the following: • That the politics of everyday life are just as fruitfully approached through empirical study as they are via philosophical or cultural contemplation. • That the often stated idea that a ‘critique’ of everyday life can be readily built on the foundations of some small detail or other requires qualification. • That the orthodox distinction between everyday life and non-everyday life in terms of work and non-work realms needs qualification. Specifically, the paper concerns an empirical description, and subsequent analysis, of a series of everyday events, their effects and significant conse- quences; it describes changes, and the effects of these changes, occurring at Nottingham railway station over a short period of time (4 weeks from 29/09/02 onwards).
Keywords:Everyday Life, Time, Work, maycroft498
Subjects:L Social studies > L290 Politics not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:2059
Deposited By: Neil Maycroft
Deposited On:18 Nov 2009 11:45
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:33

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