Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Everyday Life

  • Darrin Hodgetts
  • Ottilie Stolte
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_502


Everyday life (the quotidian) encompasses personal habits, shared rituals, and interactions. The everyday has been investigated through explorations of experiences of boredom, walking, cooking, eating, and shopping; the use of objects such as food, money, and plastic; and the relevance of places such as the street, mall, and home. Research considers the wider significance of such mundane acts, things, and places in reproducing sociocultural patterns of life. A focus on “everyday life” is imperative for a critical psychology that moves beyond the “worldlessness” of many Anglo-American psychologies (see also entry on “ Conduct of Everyday Life”).


Everyday life remains an inherently problematic, vague, polysemic, and contested concept (de Certeau, 1984). The term “everyday life” is often used as a general catchphrase for the ordinary, the typical, repetitive, mundane, and shared fabric of social life. It is defined by what is left over when extraordinary events,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand