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The Practice of Everyday Life

The Practice of Everyday Life [Kindle Edition]

Miche de Certeau , Steven F. Rendall
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"The Practice of Everyday Life...offers ample evidence why we should pay heed to de Certeau and why more of us have not done so. For one, the work all but defies definition. History, sociology, economics, literature and literary criticism, philosophy, and anthropology all come within de Certeau's ken... De Certeau acts very much like his own ordinary hero, manipulating, elaborating, and inventing on the scientific authority that he both denies and requires."-Priscilla P. Clark, Journal of Modern History "De Certeau's book is to be praised for setting out some of the practical procedures, in which we are all implicated, that are used to invent what appears to us as our reality, and for finding at least some ways in which the totalitarian nature of our current systems of sense-making can be subverted."-John Shotter, New Ideas in Psychology

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Michel de Certeau considers the uses to which social representation and modes of social behavior are put by individuals and groups, describing the tactics available to the common man for reclaiming his own autonomy from the all-pervasive forces of commerce, politics, and culture. In exploring the public meaning of ingeniously defended private meanings, de Certeau draws brilliantly on an immense theoretical literature in analytic philosophy, linguistics, sociology, semiology, and anthropology--to speak of an apposite use of imaginative literature.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2649 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2 edition (30 Nov 1984)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028N61NM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stimulating read 7 July 2010
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This book is a seminal text about our contemporary society although it has been written a few decades ago.

De Certeau looks at our urban way of living to uncover how we find ways to make our environment our own, although it has been designed by others to different ends.

This is a most essential read to engage with and think about the city, the urban and built environment and the ways individuals and society interact with it.

Warmly recommended.

Part I: A very ordinary culture
I. A Common Place: Ordinary Language
II. Popular Cultures: Ordinary Language
III. "Making Do": Uses and Tactics

Part II: Theories of the art of practice
IV. Foucault and Bourdieu
V. The Arts of Theory
VI. Story Time

Part III: Spatial Practices
VII. Walking in the city
VIII. Railway navigation and incarceration
IX. Spatial stories

Part IV: Uses of Languages
X. The Scriptural economy
XI. Quotations of Voices
XII. Reading as poaching

Part V: Ways of Believing
XIII. Believing and making people believe
XIV. The Unnamable
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5.0 out of 5 stars how to survive living 9 July 2002
this is a book I've been charged library fines for. i found it impossible to read straight through, I've been dipping in, reading it in chunks as the whole starts to make sense. That's why it's so brilliant - de Certeau has watched us in our everyday lives and unravelled the way we (consciously or not) play along with or undermine the games we have to play in order to live in cities.
He's seen us at work, blagging company time and resources for our own ends, and he's noticed and explains how we behave towards each other on the tube. He's been sitting in crowds and on the train, and he's been walking the streets. He's breaking down without breaking out of the spaces we live in.
This text can change the way you perceive what surrounds you. Wherever you are, it transforms people-watching into something strange and different, because it's suddenly all structures and sequences. It's quite disorientating (remember the story about when the centipede was asked how it managed to walk, and it promply forgot) but it offers so much as compensation. I'll read this in a week and think I've got it all wrong, but that's the beauty of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Studies for the optimist. 1 Feb 2008
If you are reading this review while you are sat at you desk pretending to work then this book is for you!

Read it in conjunction with Paul E Willis's 'Common Culture: Symbolic Work at Play in the Everyday Cultures of the Young' and you've finally got a political and thoretical justification for doing more or less whatever you want.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and complicated stuff 10 April 2014
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Have still not read the whole thing, lots to connect, lots to think about only buy it if you have the time.......
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The tactics of consumption, the ingenious ways in which the weak make use of the strong, thus lend a political dimension to everyday practices. &quote;
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