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The Modern and the Everyday

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Abstract

‘Everyday life’ is today a serious and increasingly fashionable subject of academic study. We have now a sociology, a phenomenology, a philosophy, and a cultural theory of everyday life, drawing on methods as diverse as psychoanalysis, ethnomethodology and dramaturgy in order to capture, comprehend, classify or find sites of resistance or quiet revolution in the daily lives of ‘ordinary’ people. In one sense, of course, everyday life is the common portion of humanity, peculiar to no time or place; yet, as sociologists attest, ‘there is another sense in which everyday life is a relatively recent invention’.1 It is generally agreed that the work of Georg Lukács in the 1920s marks the earliest appearance of a fully developed concept of everyday life,2 a concept that emerges out of a number of shifts within Western social and cultural life over the course of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Everyday Life Modern Life Contemporary Life Modern Setting Contemporary Subject 
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  1. 1.Centre for Public ChristianityAustralia

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