About the Journal

ABOUT THE JOURNAL

 

To a large extent, the title of the journal already determines its profile. We suggest that it should be translated as "the factories of society". Although the Latin term has been written in the singular for the simplification of the pronunciation, we as the Editors are well aware of the fact that social life is generated in more than one ‘factory’. However, numerous as they can be, they all have at least one thing in common, namely that exploring them is primarily about the study of everyday life, which very often forces us to move away from significant social creations towards what can be called the micro (or ‘cellular’) level.

Descriptions of everyday practices, the preoccupation with the experience of day-to-day life, the cherishing of the conviction that all basic processes and structures of social life are included not only and not primarily in important phenomena of the public sphere, but they reside also in 'micro' conventions that comprise daily interpersonal relationships—all these aspects are the subject of attention and study within the sociology of everyday life. Through encouraging scientific interest in the banality of the practical world on the one hand and promoting a model of sociology that appreciates somaticity more than consciousness on the other, we choose to assign this Journal to the above-mentioned sub-discipline.

Research within the sociology of everyday life encompasses numerous subject areas that concern both human activity and the practical competences involved in the creation of interpersonal relations and the making of meanings. Within social sciences, the number of works devoted to everyday human existence is growing. Everyday life is, therefore, an engaging subject of research, but, significantly, it is also an interdisciplinary category of analysis. With this in mind, the main objective of Fabrica Societatis is to collect contributions that simultaneously explore the theoretical, methodological, and empirical efforts to comprehend the powers that create and shape various manifestations of social life in the everyday, as well as appreciate the importance of the many delicate threads connecting people on the one hand and the uniqueness of their experience on the other. Contributors are welcome to both go beyond ready social clichés and change perspectives in a way that makes it possible to unearth that which has been in the shadow or constituted merely a background. This does not exclude research into the relationship between the micro ('cellular') level and a broader, structural layout (the macro level), as well as the covering of patterns and laws is still encouraged. Such attempts require testimonies of search more often than ready answers; they invite the subverting of habitual thinking and approximated concepts that serve as a guide to the complex and changeable reality. It is only then that we can enjoy more space to consider the ingenuity and uniqueness of everyday life. It is these documents—from the so-called working papers to completed works—that are to form the fundaments of subsequent issues of the Journal. At the same time, we as the Editors commit ourselves to give attention to every contribution from within the humanities and social sciences that opens up the opportunity to enrich sociologists' knowledge and expand interdisciplinary horizons.