Reading the everyday Joe Moran.

by Moran, Joe, 1970-Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Routledge, 2005.Description: 208 pages ; 24cm.ISBN: 0415317088; 0415317096.Subject(s): Civilization, ModernLooking glass | Popular cultureLooking glass | Sociology, UrbanLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In an ever-growing field of study, this is a major contribution to one of the key areas in cultural studies and cultural theory - the spaces, practices and mythologies of our everyday culture.

Drawing on the work of such continental theorists as Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, Marc Augé and Siegfried Kracauer, Joe Moran explores the concrete sites and routines of everyday life and how they are represented through political discourse, news media, material culture, photography, reality TV shows, CCTV and much more.

Unique in his focus of the under-explored, banal aspects of everyday culture, including office life, commuting, traffic and mass housing, Moran re-evaluates conventional notions of everyday life in cultural studies, and shows that analysing such 'boring' phenomena can help make sense of cultural and social change.

This book is interdisciplinary in its approach and covers many different areas including visual culture, cultural geography, material culture, and cultural history as well as the key areas of cultural studies and sociology.

Students from all these subjects will find this clearly written and lively work an invaluable study resource.

Includes bibliographical references.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of illustrations (p. vii)
  • Preface and acknowledgements (p. ix)
  • 1 Introduction: waiting, cultural studies and the quotidian (p. 1)
  • Reading the bus stop (p. 3)
  • Cultural studies and everyday life (p. 7)
  • The everyday and the public sphere (p. 13)
  • Rethinking everyday life (p. 18)
  • Ways of reading (p. 22)
  • 2 Workspace: office life and commuting (p. 29)
  • The rise of the Angestellten (p. 30)
  • Exploring office space (p. 36)
  • The fall of the middle manager (p. 41)
  • Ethnographies of commuting (p. 48)
  • On the Underground (p. 53)
  • 3 Urban space: the myths and meanings of traffic (p. 61)
  • Myths of the road (p. 62)
  • The cost of congestion (p. 68)
  • The secret history of the traffic light (p. 72)
  • The parking wars (p. 77)
  • Watching the pedestrians (p. 83)
  • 4 Non-places: supermodernity and the everyday (p. 94)
  • The road to nowhere (p. 95)
  • Mapping Mondeo land (p. 101)
  • Roadside cultures (p. 107)
  • Imagining the new town (p. 115)
  • Wish we weren't here: boring postcards (p. 124)
  • 5 Living space: housing, the market and the everyday (p. 129)
  • Houses and the pseudo-everyday (p. 130)
  • Location, location, location (p. 134)
  • The limits of tower-block chic (p. 140)
  • The politics of housebuilding (p. 143)
  • House viewings (p. 151)
  • Reading the market (p. 158)
  • 6 Conclusion: the everyday and cultural change (p. 163)
  • Notes (p. 170)
  • Bibliography (p. 177)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Joe Moran is a lecturer in English and American Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.

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