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Introduction: On Intellectual Inferiority

One of the perks of editing a journal is that we get direct access to our readers. We get to speak directly to you: in the case of most academic and intellectual journals, in the occasional editorial comments at the …

A Mundane Manifesto

Abstract: This mundane manifesto calls for analytically interesting studies of the socially uninteresting. I argue that the extraordinary draws disproportionate theoretical attention from researchers. This ultimately hinders theory development and distorts our picture of social reality. This manifesto paves the …

Constructing Mundane Culture: “Plain Talk”*

Abstract: On the basis of an intuition that in every group there is a particular ‘atmosphere’ or ambience, academic studies treat culture as a concrete phenomenon. But there are still lively arguments about what constitutes the ambience, what should be …

Remarks on the social organisation of space and place

Abstract: Human conduct is always situated in a particular space or place yet little is understood about the social organisational relationship between space, place and conduct. In pursuing a sociological line of thought, ordinary conceptions of space have been elaborated …

In and Out of Elevators in Japan

Abstract: Elevator space in Japan is considered both as an example of transit space generally and as an example of the practice of a particular national identity. The paper argues that there is an intimate relationship between the social script …

Introduction: To Mundanity and Beyond…

Wild adventures, erratic characters, strange scenes and impossible emotions are no longer required even in fiction. The ordinary man under ordinary circumstances interests us most because he is most akin to us.—Edwin E. Slosson, Introduction, The Life Stories of Undistinguished …

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