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Book seeks to locate the everyday through geography

In The Geography of Everyday: Toward an Understanding of the Given, author Rob Sullivan explores the everyday through the lens of geography.

He makes the case for the field as a powerful conceptual framework for seeing each day anew and for pushing back against its givenness. Drawing on a number of theorists (Foucault, Goffman, Marx, Lefebvre, Hägerstrand and others), Sullivan unpacks the concepts and perceived realities that structure everyday life while grounding them in real-world cases.

Sullivan suggests that the everyday is where change occurs and where resistance to change can begin. By locating the everyday through geography, people can help to make change possible. Whatever the issue, the transformations required all begin with the transformation of the everyday order.

Sullivan is a former lecturer in geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Street Level: Los Angeles in the Twenty-First Century.