Everyday Life and Critical Diversities

Micro social life and social diversity seem banal and commonplace yet they are the social we all inhabit and most regularly experience, and it is this that makes them important.

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Current themes include:

  • Place and space
  • Migration
  • Families and relationships
  • Care and caring
  • Critical ‘communities’
  • Brexit
  • Race and racism
  • Researching the everyday
  • Social theory
  • The non-everyday

Some of the questions we are currently grappling with include:

  • How can we access everyday understandings of the social world in our research?
  • How can we understand experiences of race and ethnicity, health, gender, class and migration in our research?
  • How can we theorise everyday life and critical diversities?
  • How are politics and policies experienced in people’s everyday lives?

For more information on our work in Everyday Life and Critical Diversities, please contact Dr Julie Walsh at j.c.walsh@sheffield.ac.uk 

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The Everyday Life and Critical Diversities blog posts

Keep up with news and events from the Everyday Life and Critical Diversities theme via the Sociological Studies Research blog. Look for posts tagged with The Everyday Life and Critical Diversities.

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Upcoming workshops, lectures and events

This section will be updated as and when future events are confirmed.

All events are open for all and are free to attend.

Past workshops, lectures and events

Mundane Methods: Innovative Ways to Research the Everyday

20 January 2021, 2pm - 4pm

Dr Sarah Marie Hall (University of Manchester), Dr Helen Holmes (University of Manchester), Dr Morag Rose (University of Liverpool) and Dr Rebecca Collins (University of Chester) discussed their new book, published by Manchester University Press in 2020.


Everyday Life and Critical Diversities Seminar

16 May 2019, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Elmfield, G19

Talks from Julie Walsh, Helen Kennedy and Robin Walsh about papers and bid ideas they are working on:

  • Julie Walsh: 'Everyday Bordering in the UK: the impact on social care practitioners and the migrant families with whom they work'.
  • Helen Kennedy: 'Approaching public perceptions of datafication through the lens of inequality'.
  • Robin Sen: 'Parental views of successful reunification'.


‘These are a few of my favourite things’: Material Culture in the Everyday

1 March 2019

  • BSA Postgraduate Forum Regional Event organised by Laura Towers and Lauren White


Theorising Everyday Life and Critical Diversities

12 December 2018

  • Talks from Dr Matthias Benzer, Dr Alex Dennis and Dr Katherine Davies


Researching the everyday

7 November 2018

  • ‘Documenting Daily Life with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Reflections from the Diary Method Approach’ - Lauren White
  • 'Engaging material methods to explore everyday health practices' - Dr Ros Williams and Dr Kate Weiner


What we’ve been up to over summer

12 September 2018

  • ‘Say Cheese: exploring practices of smiling’ - Dr Lorna Warren
  • ‘Neighbours – more than just good friends: Understanding the neighbour as a contemporary socio-spatial relationship' - Professor Sarah Neal
  • '“No one learned”: Interpretations of a police crackdown operation and its consequences' - Dr Will Mason

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