Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption and Taste

Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption and Taste

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Lifestyle media - books, magazines, websites, radio and
television shows that focus on topics such as cookery,
gardening, travel and home improvement - have witnessed an
explosion in recent years.
Ordinary Lifestyles explores how popular media texts bring ideas
about taste and fashion to consumers, helping audiences to
fashion their lifestyles as well as defining what constitutes an
appropriate lifestyle for particular social groups. Contemporary
examples are used throughout, including Martha Stewart, House
Doctor, What Not to Wear, You Are What You Eat, Country
Living and brochures for gay and lesbian holiday promotions.
The contributors show that watching make-over television or
cooking from a celebrity chef's book are significant cultural
practices, through which we work on our ideas about taste,
status and identity. In opening up the complex processes which
shape our taste and forge individual and collective identities,
lifestyle media demand our serious attention, as well as our
viewing, reading and listening pleasure.
Ordinary Lifestyles is essential reading for students on media
and cultural studies courses, and for anyone intrigued by the
influence 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 20mm | 480.82g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0335215505
  • 9780335215508
  • 996,342

About MR David Bell

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.
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Table of contents

1. Ordinary Lifestyles
2. From Television Lifestyle to Lifestyle Television
3. Whose Lifestyle is it Anyway?
4. Recipes for Living: Martha Stewart and the New American Subject
5. Home Truths?
6. Monoculture versus Multiculinarism: Trouble in the Aussie Kitchen
7. Cookbooks as Manuals of Taste
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
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
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
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