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Pondering Everyday Life

Coordination, Continuity, and Comparison


Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Robert A. Stebbins
    Pages 1-20
  3. Robert A. Stebbins
    Pages 21-36
  4. Robert A. Stebbins
    Pages 37-54
  5. Robert A. Stebbins
    Pages 55-68
  6. Robert A. Stebbins
    Pages 69-80
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 81-89

About this book


This pivot provides a conceptual statement of an approach to understanding the interrelationships of work, leisure, and “chore” activities in daily life, and how they are managed in practice. 


Drawing on the sociology of everyday life, Stebbins puts forward the notion of Pondering Everyday Life (PEA), a thinking process/activity in which we routinely understand, coordinate, organize, remember, and compare our involvements in work, leisure, and non-work obligations. This perspective demonstrates how the interrelation between these three domains helps bring meaning and continuity to everyday life. As a micro- and meso-level conception that takes into account social, cultural and historic context, Stebbins contemplates how and what PEA can tell us about an individual’s view of their own life.


Pondering Everyday Life will be of interest to students and scholars across leisure studies, social psychology, and the sociology of leisure and work.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

About the authors

Robert A. Stebbins, FRSC, is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary, USA. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pondering Everyday Life
  • Book Subtitle Coordination, Continuity, and Comparison
  • Authors Robert A. Stebbins
  • Series Title Leisure Studies in a Global Era
  • Series Abbreviated Title Leisure Studies in a Global Era
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-35921-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-35924-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-35922-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 89
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Sport and Leisure
    Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
    Sociology of Work
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