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Category archive for: Issue 2.2

Call For Papers – Special Issue: Mundane Sex

Everyone knows that sex is not necessarily all that it’s cracked up to be. Passionate sexual relationships may eventually fade; the overuse of public representations of sex and sexuality eventually leave us blasé; and even the most extreme versions of …

Gratitude: Almighty Thanks

Abstract: This paper examines the everyday practice of thanking God for athletic victory. The argument extends beyond the trivial observation that athletic victory, in producing feelings of individual pride, compels religious-minded athletes to extend thanks to the deity merely because …

The Bride, Off Duty

Great varieties of manners and ceremonies make up the legal and cultural binding called a wedding. The connecting of families, communities, religions and ethnicities is celebrated through a latticework of movements, scripts, foods, and music. Thinking of these ties, values, …

Common Experience as a Source for the Dialogical Classroom

Abstract: This report describes two university instructors’ efforts to engage students in dialogue concerning the experience of a common action – walking around the block. Students were directed to walk around a block and develop representations of their experience. The …

The improvisational performance of everyday life

Abstract: Goffman’s dramaturgical metaphor for everyday life emphasized the parallels between life and scripted conventional theater. In contrast, I argue that a better metaphor for life is improvisational theater. In the first half of the paper, I summarize some theories …

Introduction: Social Change and Everyday Life

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These are trying times for someone committed to studying everyday life. You see, I’m moving. As some of you know from the announcement we sent out to the JMB mailing list, I’ve been offered and …

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