Everyday Culture: Finding and Making Meaning in a Changing World / Edition 1

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In this book, David Trend challenges the assumption that mass media is all-powerful and that "art" and "culture" exist only in museums while having little to do with everyday life. In doing so, the book discusses the role of media culture in understandings of who students are, how they got here, and the kind of world they'd like to inhabit, and how they might contribute to social change through local action. Everyday Culture takes a critical look at why many people have become alienated from politics, disillusioned with the democratic process, and absorbed with self-interest and private concerns while also examining how the American cultural experience can shape and change our understanding of the world. The book is a perfect introduction to cultural studies in a variety of disciplines.

Everyday Culture is divided into five chapters, each of which address major themes: "Asking," "Reading," "Finding," "Joining," and "Building." Theoretical principles are woven throughout the book in an effort to attach ideas to their practical applications—an approach in keeping with the immediacy and hands-on character of active and interactive education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594514272
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Trend is Professor of Studio Art at the University of California–Irvine and Director of the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, a UC system-wide program for arts projects and related research. Among his many books are Everyday Culture: Finding and Making Meaning in a Changing World (Paradigm 2008) and A Culture Divided: America’s Struggle for Unity (Paradigm 2009).

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Beginning: An Introduction
History and the "Everyday"
How the Book Is Organized

Chapter 2: Asking: Questioning Culture and Consumption
Everday Culture
But Is It Art?
What Everybody Wants

Chapter 3: Reading: Language, Communication, and New Media
Literacies and Media Literacy
Violence in the Media
Technology and the Everyday

Chapter 4: Finding: Self and Identity
Self and Naming
Fear, Ethics, Everyday Life

Chapter 5: Joining: Communities and Publics
Dialogue and Voice
Public Opinion
Censorship and Free Speech

Chapter 6: Building: Globalization and Democracy
Acting Locally
Thinking Globally


About the Author

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