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Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption and Taste

Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption and Taste

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By (author) David Bell, By (author) Joanne Hollows

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  • Publisher: OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 30 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
  • ISBN 10: 0335215505
  • ISBN 13: 9780335215508
  • Sales rank: 716,907

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Lifestyle media - books, magazines, websites, radio andtelevision shows that focus on topics such as cookery,gardening, travel and home improvement - have witnessed anexplosion in recent years. Ordinary Lifestyles explores how popular media texts bring ideasabout taste and fashion to consumers, helping audiences tofashion their lifestyles as well as defining what constitutes anappropriate lifestyle for particular social groups. Contemporaryexamples are used throughout, including Martha Stewart, HouseDoctor, What Not to Wear, You Are What You Eat, CountryLiving and brochures for gay and lesbian holiday promotions. The contributors show that watching make-over television orcooking from a celebrity chef's book are significant culturalpractices, through which we work on our ideas about taste,status and identity. In opening up the complex processes whichshape our taste and forge individual and collective identities,lifestyle media demand our serious attention, as well as ourviewing, reading and listening pleasure. Ordinary Lifestyles is essential reading for students on mediaand cultural studies courses, and for anyone intrigued by theinfluence of the media on our day-to-day lives. Contributors: David Bell, Manchester Metropolitan University; Frances Bonner, University of Queensland, Australia; Steven Brown, Loughborough University; Fan Carter, Kingston University; Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin School of New York University, USA; David Dunn; Johannah Fahey, Monash University, Australia; Elizabeth Bullen, Deakin University, Australia; Jane Kenway, Monash University, Australia; Robert Fish, University of Exeter; Danielle Gallegos, Murdoch University, Australia; Mark Gibson; David B. Goldstein, University of Tulsa, USA; Ruth Holliday, University of Leeds; Joanne Hollows, Nottingham Trent University; Felicity Newman; Tim O'Sullivan, De Montfort University; Elspeth Probyn; Rachel Russell, University of Sydney, Australia; Lisa Taylor; Melissa Tyler; Gregory Woods, Nottingham Trent University.

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David Bell teaches Cultural Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. His recent publications, as author or editor, include The Sexual Citizen, Cyberculture: the Key Concepts, City of Quarters, and Science, Technology and Culture. Joanne Hollows teaches Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University. She is the author of Feminism, Femininity and Popular Culture and co-author of Food and Cultural Studies.

Table of contents

1. Ordinary Lifestyles SECTION I: MEDIA FORM AND INDUSTRY 2. From Television Lifestyle to Lifestyle Television 3. Whose Lifestyle is it Anyway? 4. Recipes for Living: Martha Stewart and the New American Subject SECTION II: HOME FRONT 5. Home Truths? 6. Monoculture versus Multiculinarism: Trouble in the Aussie Kitchen 7. Cookbooks as Manuals of Taste SECTION III: THE GREAT OUTDOORS 8. It was Beautiful Before You Changed it All: Class, Taste and the Transformative Aesthetics of the Garden Lifestyle Media 9. Entertaining Tourists: Television Holiday Programmes, Performance, and the Tourist Destination 10. Holidays of a Lifestyle: Representations of Pleasure in Gay and Lesbian Holiday Promotions 11. Countryside Formats and Ordinary Lifestyles SECTION IV: LEARNING LIFESTYLES 12. It's a Girl Thing: Teenage Magazines, Lifestyle and Consumer Culture 13. Gender, Childhood and Consumer Culture 14. A Taste for Science: Inventing the Young in the National Interest SECTION V: WORK/LIFE BALANCING 15. Sabotage, Slack and the Zinester Search for Non-Alienated Labour 16. The Worst Things in the World: Life Events Checklists in Popular Stress Management Texts 17. Thinking Habits and the Ordering of Life Bibliography