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Everyday without exception? Making space for the exceptional in contemporary sociological studies of streetlife

Jones, Alasdair (2018) Everyday without exception? Making space for the exceptional in contemporary sociological studies of streetlife. Sociological Review. ISSN 0038-0261

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0038026118771280

Abstract

Over the last twenty years we have witnessed an increasing prevalence of ethnographic studies concerned explicitly with the social and cultural life, and production, of space and specifically of the urban public realm. In line with a wider trend, many of these studies seek to analyse urban public life through the prism of the ‘everyday’, using accounts of the ordinary to explore the ways that city streets are used and experienced. In this paper I seek to interrogate this multifarious deployment of ‘everydayness’ in ethnographic work on urban ‘streetlife.’ This interrogation is both theoretical, exploring how the everyday became the privileged approach for studies of the street, and methodological, asking what is it about our methodological choices that lends itself to conceptualising public life as everyday, and what might we do differently? At the same time, the paper will draw on ethnographic work on London’s South Bank to open up a space to consider the exceptional in sociological studies of streetlife

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.thesociologicalreview.com/journal/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 14:58
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 06:38
Projects: PTA-030-2002-00245
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84362

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