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

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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.

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"Identity and Everyday Life is a wonderful work-well-written, theoretically sophisticated, well-researched and entertaining. It ranks with the best scholarship in folklore."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819566874
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2004
  • Series: Music Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

HARRIS M. BERGER is Associate Professor of Music at Texas A&M University and author of Metal, Rock and Jazz (Wesleyan, 1999). GIOVANNA P. DEL NEGRO is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Her book on the Italian passeggiata, popular culture, and the performance of modernity will be published later this year.
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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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