The arena of everyday life

  • Editors
  • Carja Butijn
  • Johan van Ophem
  • Gerda Casimir

Part of the Mansholt Publication Series book series (MAUSHOLT, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-12
  2. Carja Butijn, Johan van Ophem, Gerda Casimir
    Pages 15-19
  3. Theoretical concepts: livelihood and household

  4. Health: food security, hygiene and HIV/AIDS

  5. Female opportunities to foster income procurement: microfinance and entrepreneurship

  6. Societal developments in Western society: opportunities for the elderly and the home-work balance of telecommuters

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 161-174

About this book


In 'The arena of everyday life' nine authors look back and forward at developments in the sociology of consumers and households. Nine chapters show variety in the employed methods, from multivariate analyses of survey data to classical essays. The contributions are organised around four themes.

In the first theme, two chapters entail a critical discussion of the concepts livelihood and household. The second part deals with health, in particular food security, hygiene and aids/HIV. The third theme focuses on female opportunities to foster income procurement of household by respectively microfinance and entrepreneurship. The fourth theme concentrates on two topical societal developments in a Western society, the first chapter dealing with the issue of creating opportunities for tailor-made services to older people, the second one focussing on the home-work balance of telecommuters.

This publication, written by international researchers, once supervised by prof. Anke Niehof, while writing their PhD dissertation, or (former) colleagues of Niehof, covers the many issues and reflecting her work and interest. The arena of everyday life is what her research and teaching evolved around, as shown in this book.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Consumer Packaged Goods