The Practice of Everyday Life

The Practice of Everyday Life

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 253 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0520236998
  • 9780520236998
  • 49,280

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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 Psychologyshow more

Table of contents

Preface General Introduction PART I: A VERY ORDINARY CULTURE 1. A Common Place: Ordinary Language 2. Popular Cultures: Ordinary Language 3. "Making Do": Uses and Tactics PART II: THEORIES OF THE ART OF PRACTICE 4. Foucault and Bourdieu 5. The Arts of Theory 6. Story Time PART III: SPATIAL PRACTICES 7. Walking in the City 8. Railway Navigation and Incarceration 9. Spatial Stories PART IV: USES OF LANGUAGE 10. The Scriptural Economy 11. Quotations of Voices 12. Reading as Poaching PART V: WAYS OF BELIEVING 13. Believing and Making People Believe 14. The Unnamable Indeterminate Notesshow more

About Michel de Certeau

The late Michel de Certeau was Directeur d' Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes et Sciences Sociales in Paris and Visiting Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San more