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Escape Attempts: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Everyday Life [Hardcover]

Stanley Cohen , Laurie Taylor
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7 Oct 1976
From sexual fantasies to holidays this marvellous book charts our escape attempts. In a series of dazzling commentaries the authors reveal the ordinary and extraordinary ways in which we seek to defy 'paramount reality'.

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (7 Oct 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713904941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713904949
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The new introduction is a fine piece of work . . . the book is even more timely today than it was fifteen years ago when the first edition was published."-Christopher Lasch, author of "The Culture of Narcissism ""Escape Attempts pays homage to the diverse, often ingenious ways in which people everywhere set about constructing a fragile architecture round themselves capable of withstanding the dreary pressures not just of paramount reality' but of sociological theory itself."-Dick Hebdige, author of "Hiding in the Light --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very comprehensable 19 Feb 2002
An excallent book about resistance to everyday life's routines, based on a sociological reasearch in prison, which makes it even more accurate given that you have not much of an option to resist to everyday life's routine being locked up in a cell with very few privileges and certainly not much of a spare time. Plus, you are being forced to be taken orders, and certainly not giving any.
Stanley Cohen and Laurie Taylor have indeed written a brilliant book that needs no further introduction, and it is very much approachable and easily read. 'The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Everyday Life' is a must book for anyone who is deeply concerned of the loss of identity in post-modern society.
Thanks very much,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth 100 "self help" books 24 Aug 2007
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This book is worth a hundred self help books but is not one. It is one of the books I have probably mentioned at least once to all my friends and colleagues. (It seems I can be boring.) I gained valuable insights by reading this book, which is a gentle and thorough exposition into what people are attempting to escape from, and whether, by trying to do so, they will be happier. The book was inspired by an investigation by the authors into how to motivate long term prisoners to be more happy and less troublesome. The startling conclusion was that many such prisoners are reasonably happy and quite well behaved. Why this is is generalised by the authors into lessons for us all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic book 5 Feb 2005
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Escape attempts is a fantastic book. I read it during my time at university and it was a key text I used in my dissertation. I have to say it was a joy to read one that opened my eyes to the pitfalls of repetitive live and solitude. if you are getting this book for academic purposes or just because you thought it was and interesting book to read eiather way you will not be disappointed
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I first came across this book in the mid 90s whilst at University and the subject matter has facinated me ever since. Probably the only published guide as to 'Why and How' we escape the pressures of modern life, but it has done little more than scratch the surface of a very complex topic. A great introduction none the less.
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1.0 out of 5 stars really sexist 5 May 2013
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I know they apologise for the sexism but I am not sure that is really good enough. Either rewrite it or pull it, it's not helping.
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