Interpreting Everyday Culture

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This is the first book to introduce comprehensively cultural approaches to everyday life. It is a lively, accessible book that prompts its readers to take a fresh, critical look at the familiar yet strangely intriguing terrain of daily life in modern, industrialized societies. The book introduces the student of cultural studies to a range of key theoretical concepts through simple, cogent explanations illustrated with a variety of engaging examples, from graffiti, bodybuilding, and fashion to analysis of cultures...

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Overview

This is the first book to introduce comprehensively cultural approaches to everyday life. It is a lively, accessible book that prompts its readers to take a fresh, critical look at the familiar yet strangely intriguing terrain of daily life in modern, industrialized societies. The book introduces the student of cultural studies to a range of key theoretical concepts through simple, cogent explanations illustrated with a variety of engaging examples, from graffiti, bodybuilding, and fashion to analysis of cultures of the city, the suburb, and the domestic home and daily practices like eating, shopping, and getting around.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340808528
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,195,719
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Fran Martin is Lecturer at the Department of English with Cultural Studies, University of Melbourbane, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
Sect. 1 Theorizing the everyday
Section introduction 11
2 The ideologies of everyday life 15
3 The politics of everyday life 32
Sect. 2 The spaces of everyday life
Section introduction 49
4 The city 54
5 At home in the suburb 67
6 Everyday work 87
Sect. 3 Everyday life and commodity culture
Section introduction 103
7 The invention of lifestyle 109
8 Shopping 124
9 Fashion 140
Sect. 4 Everyday practices
Section introduction 154
10 Eating 159
11 Everyday technology 173
12 Getting around 188
Photo essay insert: car cultures and identity 192
Glossary 209
Index 221
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