Everyday Life in Austerity

Family, Friends and Intimate Relations

  • Sarah Marie Hall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Sarah Marie Hall
    Pages 1-28
  3. Sarah Marie Hall
    Pages 101-139
  4. Sarah Marie Hall
    Pages 141-167
  5. Sarah Marie Hall
    Pages 197-208
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-231

About this book


This book is about the impact of austerity in and on everyday life, based on a two-year ethnography with families and communities in ‘Argleton’, Greater Manchester, UK. Focused on family, friends and intimate relations, and their intersections, the book develops a relational approach to everyday austerity. It reveals how austerity is a deeply personal and social condition, with impacts that spread across and between everyday relationships, spaces and temporal perspectives. It demonstrates how austerity is  lived and felt on the ground, with distinctly uneven socio-economic consequences. Furthermore, everyday relationships are subject to change and continuity in times of austerity. Austerity also has lasting impacts on personal and shared experiences, both in terms of day-to-day practices and the lifecourses people imagine themselves living.


geography poverty community hardship feminism ethnography economic crisis care children

Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah Marie Hall
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17093-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17094-3
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