Bibliography on Everyday Life

[This a partial bibliography on the theories of Everyday Life. Mosarrap H. Khan started compiling the list. Dr. Bryony Randall (, Lecturer, English Literature, University of Glasgow, Scotland, added a substantial number of books and articles to the list. If you know of any other books and articles – old or newly published – do send us the names to Mosarrap H. Khan: We will keep on updating the list. If you would like to review any of the books and write on any aspect of these books, please send them to us. We will be most happy to publish them as blog pieces.]

Texts on Theories of Everyday Life:

Abrams, L., and Brown, C. ‘A day in the life: conceiving the everyday in the twentieth centuryin Abrams, L. and Brown, C.(eds.) A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century Scotland, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010).

Austin, J.L. How to do Things with Words. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard up, 1962.

Bakhtin, Mikhail. Rabelais and His World. Trans. Hélène Iswolsky. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984.

Benjamin, Walter. The Arcades Project. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 2002.

___________. “Capitalism as Religion.” In Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 1996.

Benveniste, Emile.  “Subjectivity in Language.”  Problems in General Linguistics.  Trans. Mary Elizabeth  Meek.  Miami: U of Miami P, 1971.  Pp. 223-230.

Blanchot, Maurice. ‘Everyday Speech’ in The Infinite Conversation, trans. Susan Hanson, (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 1993).

Bowlby, Rachel. Everyday Stories (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
________________. Cultural Studies, 18.2 & 3 (2004) [special issue on everyday life]

Bourdieu, Pierre. Practical Reason: On the Theory of Action. Trans. Randall Johnson. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1998.

_____________. The Logic of Practice. Trans. Richard Nice. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1992.

_____________. Outline of a Theory of Practice. Trans. Richard Nice. Cambridge: CUP, 1977.

Cohen, Stanley, and Laurie Taylor. Escape Attempts: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Everyday Life, 2nd edn. (1976; London: Routledge, 1992)

Davis, Thomas S. The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life, New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.

Davis, Thomas S.  ‘“What true project has been lost?” Modern art and Henri Lefebvre’s Critique of Everyday Life’ in Modernism and Theory: A critical debate ed. Stephen Ross (London: Routledge, 2009).

de Certeau, Michel. The Practice of Everyday Life. California UP, 1984.

de Certeau, Michel, Luce Giard, and Pierre Mayol, The Practice of Everyday Life, Volume 2: Living & Cooking, trans. Timonthy J. Tomasik (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 1998).

Favret, Mary A. “Everyday War.” ELH 72:3 (2005): 605-33.

Felski, Rita. ‘The Invention of Everyday Life’, New Formations 39 (1999-2000).

___________.  ed. New Literary History 33:4 (2002) [special issue on everyday life]

Freud, Sigmund. The Psychopathology of Everyday Life. London: Hogarth Press, 1960.

Ganguly, Keya. States of Exception: Everyday Life and Postcolonial Identity. Minneapolis: Minnesota UP, 2001.

_____________. “Everyday Life.”  (Edited) Cultural Critique, 52 (Fall 2002).

Gardiner, Michael E. “Marxism and the Convergence of Utopia and the Everyday.” History of the Human Sciences. 19.3 (2006): 1-32. Print.

_____________. Critiques of Everyday Life: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2000.

Gemerchak, Chris. Everyday Extraordinary: Encountering Fetishism with Marx, Freud and Lacan (Figures of the Unconscious) (v. 4). Belgium: Leuven UP, 2004.

Goffman, Erving. Frame Analysis: An Essay on the Organization of Experience. Boston, Mass.: Northeastern UP, 1986.

______________. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Anchor, 1959.

Hall, Stuart & Tony Jefferson. Resistance Through Rituals: Youth subcultures in post-war Britain. New York: HarperCollinsAcademic, 1991.

Hefner, Robert, ed. Market Cultures: Society and Morality in New Asian Capitalisms. Boulder: Westview Press, 1998.

Heidegger, Martin. “Der Ursprung des Kunstwerke” (“The Origin of the Artwork”) (1935-6)

Highmore, Ben. Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2002.

____________. Everyday: Life Reader. New York: Routledge, 2002.

 ____________. ‘Disdained everyday fields; Response to Thomas S. Davis’ in Modernism and Theory: A critical debate ed. Stephen Ross (London: Routledge, 2009).

_____________. Ordinary lives: studies in the everyday (London: Routledge, 2011)

Hviid Jacobsen, Michael. Encountering the Everyday: An Introduction to the Sociologies of the Unnoticed (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Jeffrey, Craig. Timepass: Youth, Class, and the Politics of Waiting in India. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2010.

Langbauer, Laurie. ‘Cultural Studies and the Politics of the Everyday’, Diacritics (1992) 22:1, 47-65.

____________________. Novels of Everyday Life: The Series in English Fiction, 1850-1930 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999)

Lefebvre, Henri. Critique of Everyday Life (3 Vols.). New York: Verso, 2002.

_____________. Everyday Life in the Modern World. New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 1984.

Loy, David.  “Religion of the Market.”  Journal of the American Academy of Religion 65.2 (1997). Pp. 275-290

Knabb, Ken. Ed. Situationist International Anthology. Berkeley: Bureau of Public Secrets, 2006.

Majumdar, Saikat, Prose of the world: modernism and the banality of empire (New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, 2013).

McCracken, Scott (ed.) Modernist Cultures 2:1 (2006). [Available at

Moran, Joe, Reading the Everyday (London: Routledge, 2005).

Nancy, Jean-Luc, Philosophical Chronicles, trans. Franson Manjali (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008), pp. 37-44.

Olson, Liesl. Modernism and the Ordinary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

____________. “Everyday Life Studies: A Review.” Modernism/Modernity 18.1 (2011): 175-180

Phillips, Siobhan, The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).

Randall, Bryony, Modernism, Daily Time and Everyday Life (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

________________. ‘A day’s time: the one-day novel and the temporality of the everyday.’ New Literary History 47.4 (2016): 591-610

Roberts, John, Philosophizing the Everyday: Revolutionary Praxis and the Fate of Cultural Theory (London: Pluto Press, 2006).

Ranciere, Jacques. The Nights of Labor. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989/1981.

Roberts, Richard H., ed. Religion and the Transformations of Capitalism. Comparative Approaches.   London: Routledge, 2003.

Ross, Kristin. Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and Reordering of French Culture. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1996.

Ross, Kristin & Alice Kaplan (Ed.) “Everyday Life”. Yale French Studies 73 (Fall 1987).

Saito, Yuriko, Everyday Aesthetics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).

Sayeau, Michael, Against the Event: The Everyday and the Evolution of Modernist Narrative, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Seigworth, Gregory and Michael E. Gardiner. “Rethinking everyday life: And then nothing turns itself inside out.” Cultural Studies 18:2 (2004). Pp. 139-159.

Sheringham, Michael. ‘Attending to the Everyday: Blanchot, Lefebvre, Certeau, Perec’, French Studies (2000) 54:2, 187-199.

_______________________. Everyday Life: Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present. Oxford: OUP, 2006.

Sim, Lorraine. Virginia Woolf: The Patterns of Ordinary Experience (Farnham and Burlington, VT: 2010)

_______________. ‘Theorising the Everyday’, Australian Feminist Studies, Volume 30, Issue 84, 2015

_______________. Ordinary Matters: Modernist Women’s Literature and Photography (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)

Stallybrass, Peter & Allon White. The Politics and Poetics of Transgression. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1986.

Taylor, Charles. Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1989.

Thomas, Lyn. Religion, Consumerism and Sustainability: Paradise Lost?  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Vaneigem, Raoul. The Revolution of Everyday Life. Trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith. St. Louis, MO: Left Bank Books, 1983.

Willis, Susan. A Primer For Daily Life. New York: Routledge, 1991.

Witham, Larry.  Marketplace of the Gods.  How Economics Explains Religion. Oxford, UK: Oxford UP, 2010.

Selected further reading

Ardoin, Paul, S. E. Gontarski and Laci Mattison (eds), Understanding Bergson, Understanding Modernism (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013).

Arens, Karen, Structures of Knowing: Psychologies of the Nineteenth Century (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1989)

Armstrong, Tim, Modernism, Technology and the Body: A Cultural Study (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Church, Margaret, Time and Reality: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1949).

Deleuze, Gilles, Difference and Repetition, trans. Paul Patton (London: The Athlone Press, 1994).

Donovan, Josephine, ‘Everyday Use and Moments of Being: Toward a Nondominative Aesthetic’, Aesthetics in Feminist Perspective, eds. Hilde Hein and Caroline Korsmeyer (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1993), 53-67.

DuPlessis, Rachel Blau, Writing Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth Century Women Writers (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985).

Greenhouse, Carol, A Moment’s Notice: Time Politics Across Cultures (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1996).

Kermode, Frank, The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967)

Kern, Stephen, The Culture of Time and Space 1880-1918 (1983; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2003).

Kracauer, Siegfried, The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays, trans. and ed. Thomas Y. Levin (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1995).

Leonard, Garry, ‘The History of Now: Commodity Culture and Everyday Life’,  Joyce and the Subject of History, eds. Mark A. Wollaeger, Victor Luftig and Robert Spoo (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996), 13-26.

Levenson, Michael, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).

Marcus, Laura, Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1994).

Miller, J. Hillis, Fiction and Repetition: Seven English Novels (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1982).

Nicholls, Peter, Modernisms: A Literary Guide (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995)

Parsons, Deborah L., Streetwalking the Metropolis: Women, the City and Modernity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Perec, Georges, Species of Spaces and Other Places trans. John Sturrock (London: Penguin, 1997).

Ricoeur, Paul, Time and Narrative, trans. Kathleen McLaughlin and David Pellauer, 3 vols, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984-88).

Scott, Bonnie Kime, The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1990).

Sellers, Susan, ed, The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf (2nd edn., Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Shiach, Morag, Modernism, Labour and Selfhood in British Literature and Culture, 1890 – 1930 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2004).

— ed. The Modernist Novel (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Simmel, Georg, Simmel on Culture. Eds. David Frisby and Mike Featherstone (London: Sage, 1997) 174-85.

Texts on Islam, Everyday Life, and Consumer Culture:

Abaza, Mona. “Shopping Malls, Consumer Culture, and the Reshaping of Public Space in Egypt.” Theory, Culture, and Society 18:5 (2001). Pp. 97-122.

Abu-Lughod, Leila. “Movie Stars and Islamic Moralism in Egypt.” Social Text 42 (1995). Pp. 53-67.

Adas, Emin Baki. “The Making of Entrepreneurial Islam and the Islamic Spirit of Capitalism.” Journal of Cultural Research 10: 2 (2006). Pp. 113-37.

Ahmad, Ahmad Atif. Islam, Modernity, Violence, and Everyday Life. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Alam, Anwar. ““Scholarly Islam” and “Everyday Islam”: Reflections on the Debate over Integration of the Muslim Minority in India and Western Europe.” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 27: 2 (August, 2007). Pp.241-260.

Behdad, Sohrab & Farhad Nomani. Islam and the Everyday World: Public Policy Dimension. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Bigelow, Anna. Sharing the Sacred: Practicing Pluralism in Muslim North India. New York: OUP, 2010.

Bunt, Gary R. iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2009.

Brown, Donna Lee & Evelyn A. Early. Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East. Bllomington: Indiana UP, 2002.

Cooke, Miriam & Bruce Lawrence, eds. Muslim Networks: From Hajj to Hip Hop. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2005.

Dwyer, Claire. “Veiled Meanings: Young British Muslim Women and the Negotiation of Differences.”  Gender, Place and Culture 6 (1999). Pp. 5-26.

Fealy, Greg & Sally White. Expressing Islam: Religious Life and Politics in Indonesia. Singapore: Institute of South East Asian Studies, 2008.

Fischer, Johan. Proper Islamic Consumption: Shopping Among the Malayas in Modern Malaysia. Copenhegen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press, 2008.

Ghannam, Farha. “Beauty, Whiteness, and Desire: Media, Consumption, and Embodiment in Egypt.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 40 (2008). Pp. 544-6.

Gokariksel, Banu. “Beyond the Officially Sacred: Religion, Secularism, and the Body in the Production of Subjectivity.” Social and Cultural Geography 10. 6 (2009). Pp.657-74.

Gokariksel, Banu & Anna Secor. “New Transnational Geographies of Islamism, Capitalism and Subjectivity: The Veiling-Fashion Industry in Turkey.” Area  41.1 (2009). Pp. 6-18.

Gole, Nilufer. “Islam in Public: New Visibilities and New Imaginaries.” Public Culture 14.1 (2002). Pp. 173-90.

Hammond, Andrew.  “Popular Religion: Where 1001 Islams Converge,” in Popular Culture in the Arab World: Arts, Politics and the Media.  Cairo & New York: American University in Cairo Press, 2007.

Heitzman, James. The City in South Asia. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Hirschkind, Charles. The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics. New York: Columbia UP, 2009.

Kandiyoti, Deniz & Ayse Saktanber. Fragments of Culture: The Everyday of Modern Turkey. London: I.B. Tauris, 2002.

Khan, Tabassum. Emerging Muslim Identity in India’s Globalized and Mediated Society: An Ethnographic Investigation of the Halting Modernities of the Muslim Youth of Jamia Enclave, New Delhi. Ohio: Ohio University unpublished Ph.D. thesis, 2009.

Kilicbay, Baris & Mutlu Binark. “Consumer Culture, Islam and the Politics of Lifestyle: Fashion for Veiling in Contemporary Turkey.” European Journal of Communication 17.4 (2002). Pp. 495-511.

Kuran, Timur. Islam and Mammon: The Economic Predicaments of Islamism. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2004.

Levine, Mark.  Heavy Metal Islam.  New York: Random House, 2008.

Lewis, Reina. “Veils and Sales: Muslims and the Spaces of Postcolonial Fashion Retail.” Fashion Theory 11 (2007). Pp. 423-41.

Louw, Maria Elisabeth. Everyday Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Lukose, Ritty. Liberalization s Children: Gender, Youth, and Consumer Citizenship in Globalizing India. Duke University Press, 2009.

Mahmood, Saba. Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject. Princeton UP, 2004.

Mamdani, Mahmood. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, Cold War, and the Roots of Terror. New York: Doubleday, 2004.

Maududi, Abul Ala. The Economic Problem of Man and Its Islamic Solution. Lahore: Islamic Publications, 1975.

McMichael, Celia. “Everywhere is Allah’s Place: Islam and the Everyday Life of Somali Women in Melbourne, Australia.” Journal of Refugee Studies 15:2 (2002). Pp.171-88.

Mines, Diane P. & Sarah Lamb. Everyday Life in South Asia. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2010. [Esp. the chapter, “The Erasure of Everyday Life in Colonial Ethnography]

Moors, Annelies. “Fashionable Muslims: Notions of Self, Religion, and Society in San’a.” Fashion Theory 11 (2007). Pp. 319-46.

Nurmila, Nina. Women, Islam and Everyday Life: Renegotiating Polygamy in Indonesia. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Oncu, Ayse. “Packaging Islam: Cultural Politics on the Landscape of Turkish Commercial Television.” Public Culture 8 (1995). Pp. 51-71.

Oncu, Ayse & Petra Weyland. Space, Culture and Power: New Identities in Globalizing Cities. London: Zed Books, 2002.

Osella, Filippo & Benjamin Soares. Islam, Politics, Anthropology (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackell, 2010.

Ozyurek, Esra. Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey. Durham: Duke UP, 2005.

Pink, Johanna, ed. Muslim Societies in the Age of Mass Consumption: Politics, Religion and Identity between the Local and the Global. New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

Poliakov. Sergei P. Everyday Islam: Religion and Tradition in Rural Central Asia. New York: Armonk, M.E.Sharpe, 1992.

Ring, Laura A. Zenana everyday peace in a Karachi apartment building. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2006.

Rougier, Bernard. Everyday Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam among Palestinians in Lebanon. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 2009. Print.

Russel, Mona. Creating the New Egyptian Woman: Consumerism, Education, and National Identity. New York: Palgrave, 2004.

Sandikci, Ozlem & Guliz Ger. “Constructing and Representing the Islamic Consumer in Turkey.” Fashion Theory 11 (2007). Pp. 189-210.

Schulz, Dorothea E. “Competing Sartorial Assertions of Femininity and Muslim Identity in Mali.” Fashion Theory 11 (2007). Pp. 253-79.

Sundal, Fatma. “Invisible Women Visible Islam: Engendering Everyday Lives Of Educated Islamist Women In Turkey.” Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi 1 (2005). Pp. 109-130. 

Tripp, Charles.  Islam and the Moral Economy: The Challenge of Capitalism.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Tuğal, Cihan.  Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009.

White, Jenny. “Islamic Chic.” In Istanbul: Between the Global and the Local, ed. Caglar Keyder. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1999.

Wynn, Lisa. “The Romance of Tahiliyya Street: Youth Culture, Commodities and the Use of Public Space in Jiddah.”  Middle East Report 204 (Winter, 1997). Pp.30-1.

Fiction and Everyday Life:

Majumdar, Saikat. Prose of the World: Modernity and the Banality of Empire. New York: Columbia UP, 2013.

Olson, Liesl. Modernism and the Ordinary. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.

Sieg, Christian. The Ordinary in the Novel of German Modernism. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag, 2011.


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