Cultural Consumption and Everyday life

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This book explores cultural consumption from the postdisciplinary perspective of cultural studies. It provides a critical map of the field, bringing together work on reception theory in literary studies and philosophy, work on consumer culture in anthropology and sociology, and work on media audiences within media studies and sociology.. "It explores historical work on the consumption of culture, outlines theoretical perspectives, reviews key work in ethnography and surveys recent debates on postmodernism, ...
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Overview

This book explores cultural consumption from the postdisciplinary perspective of cultural studies. It provides a critical map of the field, bringing together work on reception theory in literary studies and philosophy, work on consumer culture in anthropology and sociology, and work on media audiences within media studies and sociology.. "It explores historical work on the consumption of culture, outlines theoretical perspectives, reviews key work in ethnography and surveys recent debates on postmodernism, consumption and identity. The final chapter offers a critical reassessment of the place of consumption in the continuing development of cultural studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340720370
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Cultural Studies in Practice Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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