chapter  4
The Politics of Everyday Life: Political Economy
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In this chapter and in Chapter 5, we are especially interested in pointing out how certain key institutional features in our society have political aspects that influence our lives. What we identify are certainly not things that are on every person’s mind all the time, but they have the potential to influence most of us during important parts of our lives. According to their book Sociology in Everyday Life, Karp, Yoels, and Vann (2004: 1) believe that a key ingredient of sociology’s importance lies in its “power to let you see everyday behaviors and situations in a new way.” Sociologists frequently study how people behave and analyze how ordered and predictable people’s everyday lives may be.