The Practice of Everyday Life

The Practice of Everyday Life

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In this incisive book, 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 to speak of an apposite use of imaginative literature.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • University of California Press
  • BerkerleyUnited States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0520271459
  • 9780520271456
  • 20,418

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"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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About Michel de Certeau

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

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