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Exploring the stable practices of everyday life: A multi-day time-diary approach.

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Everyday life is neither the result of mundane, common-sense, habitual human behaviour as theorized by the agency-centred approach of methodological individualism nor the sheer result of the conformation to temporal norms of the structural approach of social holism. In fact, everyday life is marked by a rhythmic, temporal structure that is brought into effect by the modality of repetitive action. In this article, a praxeological approach is used to conceptualize everyday life as a social structure in terms of its underlying stable practices. Multi-day time-diary data and optimal matching with clustering techniques show empirically that everyday life consists of stable practices that vary in function of temporal and social demands, in function of handling coordination of practice, and in function of embedding these practices in collectively shared temporal orders.

Journal: Sociological Review
ISSN: 0038-0261
Issue: 4
Volume: 65
Pages: 745-762
Number of pages: 18
Publication year:2017
Keywords:Everyday life, Optimal matching analysis, Stable practices, Theory of practice, Time-diary