Identity and Everyday Life: Essays in the Study of Folklore, Music and Popular Culture / Edition 1

Identity and Everyday Life: Essays in the Study of Folklore, Music and Popular Culture / Edition 1

by Harris M. Berger, Giovanna P. Del Negro
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0819566861

ISBN-13: 9780819566867

Pub. Date: 04/29/2004

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

The notion of “everyday life” is ubiquitous in the contemporary intellectual scene. While scholars frequently use this concept to signal a romantic return to the “common people,” Berger and Del Negro are among the first to subject the term to theoretical scrutiny. This book explores how everyday life has been used in three intellectual

Overview

The notion of “everyday life” is ubiquitous in the contemporary intellectual scene. While scholars frequently use this concept to signal a romantic return to the “common people,” Berger and Del Negro are among the first to subject the term to theoretical scrutiny. This book explores how everyday life has been used in three intellectual traditions (American folklore, British cultural studies and French everyday life theory) and suggests a program for revitalizing anti-elitist approaches to culture.

The book draws on studies of performance from around the globe, including the authors’ work on heavy metal in the U.S. and the Italian passeggiata (ritual promenade), to explore the term “identity.” Moving beyond truisms that depict performance as a medium for the loss of self or folklore as means of expressing identity, the authors explore the interplay of culture and agency in performance to illuminate the complex dynamics of reflexivity, identity and self. This book will speak to anyone interested in power and aesthetics in performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819566867
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
04/29/2004
Series:
Music Culture
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

EVERYDAY LIFE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
New Directions in the Study of Everyday Life: Expressive Culture and the Interpretation of Practice
Theory as Practice: Some Dialectics of Generality and Specificity in Folklore Scholarship

SELF, REFLEXIVITY, AND IDENTITY
Horizons of Melody and the Problem of the Self
The Role of Reflexivity in the Aesthetics of Performance: Verbal Art, Public Display, and Popular Music
Identity Reconsidered, The World Doubled

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