Ben Highmore, Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction. Routledge: London and New York, + ix pp + 11 illustrations. ISBN: . Everyday Life and Cultural Theory provides a unique critical and historical introduction to theories of everyday life. Ben Highmore traces the. to a common culture: people like us, lives like ours. The underside 2 BEN HIGH MORE . Everyday life theory, while at times evidencing its share of obscurity.

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Instead of accumulating 1 these elements into a resolved and meaningful unity, collage offers a bombard- 2 ment of materials that resist narrative resolution.

In place of a conclusion, then, chapter 9 simply tries to encourage and 5 expand the broadly experimental project of theorizing everyday life. It is in relation to this that impressionism was understood not simply as artistic expression but as a diagnostic approach 1 to the condition of modernity: In other words the possible use of the everydaj 4 seems to linger between two extremes: However, if the 3 sensory and the everyday are seen as already fully colonized by discourse and 4 representation, as if nothing could possibly be outside the forms of repre- sentation that are currently in use, then everyday life is neither problematic 6 nor capable of generating counter-discourses.

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It is the unresolved and experimental side of Mass- 6 Observation that I take as being of most interest for theorizing everyday life. We seem fated to hear the actual crowning ceremony, which 3 we intended to ignore when we set out to play tennis. A number of attempts were made to rectify the situa- 3 tion by trying to persuade local libraries to buy it and by offering it for hire 4 through the mail.

Here the theoretical is precisely the problem of ordering and arranging, of making some kind of 1 sense of the endless empiricism of the everyday. To force them into a political critique based on the kinds of world- 4 pictures that they were experimentally challenging would also have to be 5 seen as premature.


And perhaps the one explicit 8 principle of anarchism is the forfeiting of a political programme in the 9 name of an experimental orientation that desires to release the unknown and historically unknowable potential of human life. The street, kiosks, auto- mobiles, screaming doors, lamps bursting in the sky. The classic Surrealist can be seen 6 as Sherlock Holmes-like: Even in the aesthetic discourses that are most concerned with the everyday world of experience, transformation and transcendence are the 1 operative procedures.

On the other hand the tale is the everyday when the 9 everyday is exceptional or marvellous. This involvement in the mass media signals a number of impor- 9 tant elements for the emergence of Mass-Observation and for understanding its approach for attending to everyday life.

Every Now is 7 determined by those images that are synchronic with it: Paul rated it really liked it May 07, Jul 23, Malcolm rated it liked it Shelves: How could it redeem the silence of moder- 9 nity? For 1 de Certeau this was the necessary prerequisite for a theory of everyday that 2 might begin to sketch the forms that ordinary practice takes.

Ben Highmore traces the development of conceptions of everyday life, from the cultural sociology of Georg Simmel, through the Mass-Observation project of the s to contemporary theorists Thus the observation of working-class Boltonians is seen as a mainly visual scrutinizing gaze: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Arguments 17 3 4 3.

The study of individuals, letters, diaries, documents.

Lists with This Book. Madge and Harrisson point to 5 the section on sociology social anthropology rather than physical anthro- 6 pology cultuarl the basis for Mass-Observation research: As one client remarks: But what is more surprising is that earlier on in the 8 same book Lefebvre sets up a contrasting diptych that sees women in a totally 9 different light.

Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one 2 proposes to express — verbally, by means of the written word, or in 3 any other manner — the actual functioning of thought. In doing clutural par- 6 ticularly through the structure of the national panelMass-Observation can 7 be seen as generating a radically democratic project.


To the adequately trained eye the totality 6 of beauty, the complete meaning of the world as a whole, radiates from 7 every single point. It is this aspect 3 of alienation from the possibilities of human development, as well as alien- 4 ation between human beings and in human processes, that Lefebvre takes as 5 central to Marx and Hegel.

If everyday life is what continually 5 threatens to drop below a level of visibility, collage practices allow the 6 everyday to become vivid again by making the ordinary strange through trans- 7 ferring it to surprising contexts and placing it in unusual combinations. In modernity the everyday 6 becomes ilfe setting for a dynamic process: This is the landscape 5 closest to us, the world most immediately met.

Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction

The photographs are empty of episode. Request removal from index. There is no empirical reality that can simply be encoun- 4 tered so that it will reveal the forces that produced it. It is the process of taking the culture of domination, a culture ordered in the 1 name of the authentic, and overturning it, which allows for the critique of 2 authentic culture as interested culture.

On the one 1 hand, by foregrounding the world as both mental and sensual experience it 2 problematically expands the range of meaningful elements attributable to the 3 everyday. The projects discussed in this book might be 9 seen to exist on the boundaries of art and science, borrowing from the artistic avant-garde or working in sympathy with them and yet directing their 1 concerns towards other ends.

Yet if 4 the extraordinary could also show an ordinary face a face that was extraor- 5 dinary in a different waythe very banality of the daily could reveal a poetics 6 that was saturated with myth. Kerry rated it liked it Sep 12, The exception, that which 8 eluded dailiness, was deemed sacred.

As Terry Eagleton writes: