Everyday Life

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Everyday life can be a difficult and amorphous concept to grapple with. This essay will consider the various aspects of Scott's definition of what "Everyday life" is and to what extent I agree with it. In its most simplistic and stripped down form, Scott's suggests that it's a study of 'people doing little things in local places' or more succinctly 'the wider picture' (Scott, 2009, p1). Everyday life can also be viewed as a person seeking solace in the familiarity of repetitive and rhythmic routines (Scott, 2009). Scott's final assertion is that everyday life exists in the realm of a person's individual and private choices, which have a bearing on that person's patterns of behaviour (Scott, 2009).

Scott specifically touches on seven ways in which a person engages in everyday life in a small and local way; emotions can be viewed as a relationship between self and society, Scott makes a correlation between home and familiarity or a place to derive comfort and privacy, time is a rhythmic and cyclic repetition of experiences, eating a ritualised and rule-governed social practice, health issues which delve into social processes and stigmatization, shopping is seen as vacuous and trivial with sexist overtones and leisure in its most simplistic form is escapism from the everyday (Scott, 2009). In comparison Moran supports this view with his work on "quotidian spaces" and break's everyday life down slightly differently into categories of; work spaces, living spaces, getting around and societal spaces and the fourth category is essentially permutation's of the other three (Moran, 2008). Bennett adds an extra dimension to this concept when he throws awkwardness and an almost social rule set into the mix of the everyday, I see this as supportive of Scott's position, as it is a more in-depth use of her categories of emotions, or how a person co-exists with other people and…...

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