DESPRE

Relying on the relevance of studying the everydayness, the mundane aspects of lives often considered socially uninteresting, and starting from the distinction between common sense and the sociological imagination, the course aims to present themes, concepts, theories and sociological methods important for understanding and explaining everyday life as an integral part of social life. We will look into:

  • the structural and cultural contexts of everyday life, of current events considered natural, but which are, in fact, products of complex social interactions between people, technology, animals, the environment;
  • the trivial, ordinary aspects related to everyday activities and behaviors of great sociological relevance;
  • the complex interconnections between microsocial and macrosocial.

GENERAL THEMES

  1. Introductory course: organizing details, getting to know each other, details about course content and evaluation requirements.
  2. What is the sociology of everyday life? Terminological clarifications, key concepts in the field, importance of the sociology of everyday life in sociology.
  3. Elements pertaining to the history of everyday life.
  4. How do we study everyday life? Sociological theories and methodological approaches in the study of everyday life (selection, briefs)
  5. Case studies. Laboratory of sociological analyses of everydayness (themes could suffer modifications):
  • The daily life of things;
  • Technology, surveillance, and everyday life;
  • Body, gender, everyday life;
  • Art about and in everyday life;
  • Humans and animals in everyday life;
  • Sounds/music about and in everyday life.

 

Prof. univ.dr. Laura Grünberg

Seminarists: Drd. Ștefania Chihaia/ Drd. Alexandra-Ioana Dragomir