Cultural Consumption and Everyday Life

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Cultural consumption is one of the key activities of everyday life: it can say who we are or who we would like to be. This book explores cultural consumption from the postdisciplinary perspective of cultural studies. It provides a critical map of the field and brings together work on consumer culture in anthropology and sociology and work on media audiences within media studies and sociology.

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Overview

Cultural consumption is one of the key activities of everyday life: it can say who we are or who we would like to be. This book explores cultural consumption from the postdisciplinary perspective of cultural studies. It provides a critical map of the field and brings together work on consumer culture in anthropology and sociology and work on media audiences within media studies and sociology.

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"Storey has mapped out the terrain of cultural consumption in a clear and useful way....Both the expert and novice can appreciate the disparate disciplines brought together under the guise of cultural consumption....Serves as a kind of reader's guide that opens up further avenues of study."—English Literature in Transition 1880-1920
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340720363
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Cultural Studies in Practice Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

John Storey is a Reader in Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland.

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Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Consumption in history 1
The birth of a consumer society 1
Social emulation 4
The Romantic ethic 10
2 Cultural consumption as manipulation 18
The Frankfurt School 18
The Leavisites 23
Roland Barthes 27
Problems with the cultural-consumption-as-manipulation model 31
3 Cultural consumption as communication 36
Veblen and Simmel 36
Symbolic goods 42
The making of class difference 44
Textual poaching 49
Resistance 51
4 Reading as production 61
Hermeneutics 61
The Constance School: Iser and Jauss 64
Interpretative communities 67
Reading formations 69
5 Cultural consumption: texts 76
From Encoding/Decoding to the 'Nationwide' Audience 76
Cultural consumption of television 81
Reading the Romance 97
Going to the cinema: 'escapism' as social practice 104
6 Cultural consumption in contexts of everyday life 108
Television talk and everyday life 108
Cultural consumption in domestic contexts 113
Cultural consumption in other contexts 119
Nomadic audiences 124
7 Cultural consumption, postmodernism and identities 128
The Althusserian inheritance 128
An introduction to postmodernism and popular culture 131
Postmodern cultural identities 134
Cultural consumption, identities and displaced meaning 140
Thinking cultural consumption and identities historically 144
8 Gramscian cultural studies, popular culture and cultural consumption 149
Gramscian cultural studies and popular culture 149
Cultural consumption: production, textual analysis, consumption 150
Gramscian cultural studies and cultural consumption 163
Bibliography 173
Index 183
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