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Culture and Everyday Life
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Culture and Everyday Life

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Sociology of Consumption

July 2005 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Bennett provides a well organized, very readable and interesting discussion of a number of significant everyday cultural forms and I am confident student readers will find the book very valuable' - Barry Smart, University of Portsmouth

Culture and Everyday Life provides students with a comprehensive overview of theoretical models, issues and examples of contemporary cultural practice.

Bennett begins by summarising and situating - in everyday settings - the key theoretical models applied in the study of existing cultural practices. This entails a systematic study of how academic thinking about mass culture has changed, from critical accounts of early mass cultural theorists to radical postmodernist critiques of mass cultural accounts and to 'the cultural turn', which explored how various social identities are culturally constructed.

Following this are themed chapters that cover a particular aspect of late modern culture, such as media, music, fashion, tourism and counter-cultural ideologies and movements. In each case a comprehensive literature review is provided and its theoretical and empirical relevance to our understanding of the relationship between culture and everyday life in contemporary society is explained.

Lucid, meticulous and illustrated with a host of examples, this is a superb text for teaching and research in the Sociology of Culture and Cultural Studies.

 
Introduction
The Problem of Everyday Life

 
 
PART ONE: EVERYDAY LIFE AND SOCIAL THEORY
 
The Mass Culture Debate
 
Postmodernism
 
The Cultural Turn
 
PART TWO: THE CULTURAL TERRAINS OF EVERYDAY LIFE
 
Media and New Media
 
Fashion
 
Music
 
Tourism
 
Counter-Cultures

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