Rethinking the 'everyday' in 'ethnicity and everyday life'

Smith, A. (2015) Rethinking the 'everyday' in 'ethnicity and everyday life'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(7), pp. 1137-1151. (doi: 10.1080/01419870.2014.987307)

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While ‘ethnicity and everyday life’ is a familiar collocation, sociologists concerned with racism and ethnicity have not engaged very much with the extensive body of social theory that takes the ‘everyday’ as its central problematic. In this essay, I consider some of the ways in which the sociology of the everyday might be of use to those concerned with investigating ethnicity and racism. For its part, however, the sociology of the everyday has tended to be remarkably blind to the role played by racism and racialization in the modern world. It is thus no less crucial to consider how the experiences of racialized groups might help us rethink influential accounts of the everyday. To this end, I provide a discussion of pioneering texts by C. L. R. James and W. E. B. du Bois, both of whom were driven by their reflections on racism and resistance to recognize the everyday not as an unremarked context, but as, precisely, a problematic one.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Professor Andrew
Authors: Smith, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Ethnic and Racial Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-4356
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Author
First Published:First published in Ethnic and Racial Studies 38(7):1137-1151
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592091Understanding the changes in ethnic relations: understanding the dynamics of ethnicity, identity and inequality in the uk.Satnam VirdeeEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/K002198/1SPS - SOCIOLOGY