Revisiting Everyday Life: A Contemporary Analysis

By Antonio Menéndez Alarcón.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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This article draws on the theories of everyday life developed by Henry Lefebvre and on elements of analysis proposed by poststructuralists. It suggests the relevance of this approach for analyzing contemporary society. Sociological theory must be built and rebuilt on a continuous connection with reality as reflected in peoples’ everyday lives, and with a sense of its own limits. Instead of attempting to establish a general model, sociologists could contribute to make people more aware of their social world by revealing everyday interactions. The recent crises and social movements in many parts of the world reveal that sociologists must be cautious about definitive claims, and proceed instead by continuous interpretations and re-interpretations. From this perspective, an effective theory of society can best be built on a foundation of empirical interpretations of everyday life. This involves comprehending how ordinary human beings experience, conceive, and imagine their daily interactions. That is, we must decode the social world according to the everyday and address the practices through which the social world per se is constituted.

Keywords: Social Theory, Everyday Life, Lefebvre, Social Interactions, Poststructuralism

The Global Studies Journal, Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.51-61. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 10, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 499.547KB)).

Antonio Menéndez Alarcón

Professor, Department of Sociology, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA


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