Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption, and Taste

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335215508
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bell teaches Cultural Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Joanne Hollows teaches Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

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Table of Contents

1 Making sense of ordinary lifestyles 1
2 From television lifestyle to lifestyle television 21
3 Whose lifestyle is it anyway? 35
4 Recipes for living : Martha Stewart and the new American subject 47
5 Home truths? 65
6 Monoculture versus multiculinarism : trouble in the Aussie kitchen 82
7 Cookbooks as manuals of taste 99
8 It was beautiful before you changed it all : class, taste and the transformative aesthetics of the garden lifestyle media 113
9 Playing the tourist : ideology and aspiration in British television holiday programmes 128
10 Holidays of a lifestyle : representations of pleasure in gay and lesbian holiday promotions 143
11 Countryside formats and ordinary lifestyles 158
12 It's a girl thing : teenage magazines, lifestyle and consumer culture 173
13 Gender, childhood and consumer culture 187
14 A taste for science : inventing the young in the national interest 200
15 Sabotage, slack and the zinester search for non-alienated labour 217
16 The worst things in the world : life events checklists in popular stress management texts 231
17 Thinking habits and the ordering of life 243
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