Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption, and Taste

Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption, and Taste

by David Bell
     
 

An exploration of how the ‘lifestyle industry” influences our culture



There are now more “lifestyle” books, magazines, websites, and radio and TV shows than ever, focusing on topics such as cookery, gardening, travel, and home improvement. This collection of new essays explores how lifestyle media influence contemporary taste

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Overview

An exploration of how the ‘lifestyle industry” influences our culture



There are now more “lifestyle” books, magazines, websites, and radio and TV shows than ever, focusing on topics such as cookery, gardening, travel, and home improvement. This collection of new essays explores how lifestyle media influence contemporary taste and cultures.



Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335215508
Publisher:
Open University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1Making sense of ordinary lifestyles1
2From television lifestyle to lifestyle television21
3Whose lifestyle is it anyway?35
4Recipes for living : Martha Stewart and the new American subject47
5Home truths?65
6Monoculture versus multiculinarism : trouble in the Aussie kitchen82
7Cookbooks as manuals of taste99
8It was beautiful before you changed it all : class, taste and the transformative aesthetics of the garden lifestyle media113
9Playing the tourist : ideology and aspiration in British television holiday programmes128
10Holidays of a lifestyle : representations of pleasure in gay and lesbian holiday promotions143
11Countryside formats and ordinary lifestyles158
12It's a girl thing : teenage magazines, lifestyle and consumer culture173
13Gender, childhood and consumer culture187
14A taste for science : inventing the young in the national interest200
15Sabotage, slack and the zinester search for non-alienated labour217
16The worst things in the world : life events checklists in popular stress management texts231
17Thinking habits and the ordering of life243

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