Hverdagslivets rum – betragtninger over en rumligt konceptuel hverdagslivspsykologi: Spaces of the Everyday Life – Considerations of a Spatially Conceptual Psychology of the Everyday Life

Steffen Randahl

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Increasingly, the study of everyday life is gaining prominence within the field of psychology. This re-focusing is in line with a more general trend in psychology towards increased awareness and hi-liting of the conntextuality of the subject. Another development, on a separate track outside of the discipline, the so-called 'spatial turn' has spread across the human sciences. The spatial turn is a likewise contextualizing re-focus, albeit departing from the concept of 'space'. The spatial turn, however, seems completely absent in the field of psychology, and this paper investigates whether a spatial re-conceptualization challenges current theory emphasizing contextuality in the psychological study of the everyday life. The study is conducted by developing a theoretical framework understanding spatiality as a fundamental dimension of all social life. This conceptualization is then applied to the traditions of ecological and critical psychology respectively, with particular focus on the question whether such a spatial understanding challenges existing psychological theory of the everyday life that hi-lit the significance of context. The main findings of the study are that the everyday life indeed has inherent social dimensions, that psychological theory uses spatial metaphors, and that further reflexion on the socio-material spatiality that these metaphors/concepts are supposed to describe is needed.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato7 jan. 2013
VejledereCharlotte Grum


  • ecological psychology
  • contextuality
  • psychology of the everyday life
  • James J. Gibson
  • spatial turn
  • conduct of life
  • Space, place and materiality
  • Klaus Holzkamp