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The second edition of our Sociology of Personal Life book is now available.

Sociology of Personal Life textbook

The second edition of our Sociology of Personal Life book is now available.

It draws on our experience of teaching our popular Sociology of Personal Life undergraduate course at the University of Manchester. This is a fully revised version, with new chapters on the body, home and personal life in public spaces.

Use the discount code SOCPER30 for 30% off the price, valid until 6 June 2019.

Using the book in your teaching

If you teach a course on the sociology of personal life, you can request a sample copy or recommend the book to your library from the publisher, Macmillan International Higher Education.

List of chapters and authors:

  1. What is a ‘Sociology of Personal Life’? – Vanessa May and Petra Nordqvist
  2. Conceptualising the personal – David Morgan
  3. Couple relationships – Petra Nordqvist
  4. Kinship: How being related matters in personal life – Petra Nordqvist
  5. Friendship and personal life – Katherine Davies
  6. Material cultures – Sophie Woodward
  7. Personal life across the life course – Vanessa May
  8. Consumer culture – Dale Southerton
  9. The body in personal life – Helen Holmes
  10. Home – Sue Heath
  11. Personal Life in Public Spaces – Vanessa May
  12. Sexuality and politics of personal life – Brian Heaphy
  13. Conclusion: Why a Sociology of Personal Life? - Vanessa May and Petra Nordqvist