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Everyday Life

Edited by Ben Highmore

Routledge – 2012 – 1,800 pages

Series: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies

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    October 26th 2011


Coinciding with the massive growth of consumerism after the Second World War, ‘everyday life’ has emerged as a crucial site of scholarly exploration. The critical study of quotidian routines, rules, spaces, and objects has become a central concern for scholars working in cultural studies. Furthermore, everyday life has also engaged the close attention of thinkers—including philosophers, cultural geographers, historians, and sociologists—from a range of other disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.

As research in and around everyday life flourishes as never before, this new four-volume collection from Routledge’s acclaimed Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies series meets the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of a rapidly growing and ever more complex corpus of interdisciplinary literature. Edited by a leading scholar, Everyday Life gathers foundational and canonical work, together with innovative and cutting-edge applications and interventions.

With a full index, together with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context, Everyday Life is an essential work of reference. For the novice or advanced student, the collection will be particularly useful as an essential database allowing scattered and often fugitive material to be easily located. And, for the more advanced scholar, it will be welcomed as a crucial tool permitting rapid access to less familiar—and sometimes overlooked—texts. For both, Everyday Life will be valued as a vital one-stop research and pedagogic resource.


Volume I

Part 1: Foundational Statements

1. Georg Simmel, ‘Sociological Aesthetics’ [1896], in The Conflict in Modern Culture and Other Essays, trans. K. Peter Etzkorn (Teachers College Press, 1968), pp. 68–80.

2. Boris Arvatov, ‘Everyday Life and the Culture of the Thing (Towards a Formulation of the Question)’ [1925], trans. Christina Kiaer, October, 1997, 81, 119–28.

3. Henri Lefebvre and Norbert Guterman, ‘Mystification: Notes for a Critique of Everyday Life’ [1933], in Henri Lefebvre: Key Writings, eds. Stuart Elden, Elizabeth Lebas, and Elenore Kofman (Continuum, 2003), pp. 71–83.

4. Michel Leiris, ‘The Sacred in Everyday Life’ [1938], in The College of Sociology 1937–39, ed. Denis Hollier, trans. Betsy Wing (University of Minnesota Press, 1988), pp. 24–31.

5. Maurice Blanchot, ‘Everyday Speech’ [1959], trans. Susan Hanson, Yale French Studies, 1987, 73, 12–20.

6. Agnes Heller, ‘The Heterogeneity of Everyday Life’ [1970], Everyday Life, trans. G. L. Campell (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984), pp. 47–59.

7. Michel de Certeau and Luce Giard, ‘A Practical Science of the Singular’, in Michel de Certeau, Luce Giard, and Pierre Mayol, The Practice of Everyday Life, Vol. 2, trans. Timothy J. Tomasik (University of Minnesota Press, 1998), pp. 251–6.

8. Michel Maffesoli, ‘The Sociology of Everyday Life (Epistemological Elements)’, Current Sociology, 1989, 37, 1, 1–16.

9. Wayne Brekhus, ‘A Mundane Manifesto’, Journal of Mundane Behavior, 2000 (online journal).

Part 2: Framings and Interventions

10. Lawrence Grossberg, ‘Another Boring Day in Paradise: Rock and Roll and the Empowerment of Everyday Life’, Popular Music, 1984, 4, 225–58.

11. Meaghan Morris, ‘Banality in Cultural Studies’, The Logics of Television: Essays in Cultural Criticism, ed. Patricia Mellencamp (Indiana University Press, 1990), pp. 14–43.

12. John Fiske, ‘Cultural Studies and the Culture of Everyday Life’, in Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson, and Paula Treichler (eds.), Cultural Studies (Routledge, 1992), pp. 154–73.

13. Svetlana Boym, ‘Mythologies of Everyday Life: "Daily Grind" and "Domestic Trash"’, Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia (Harvard University Press, 1994), pp. 29–40, 298–301.

14. Mike Featherstone, ‘The Heroic Life and Everyday Life’, Theory Culture Society, 1995, 9, 159–82.

15. Kristin Ross, ‘Streetwise: The French Invention of Everyday Life’, Parallax, 1996, 2, 1, 67–75.

16. Michael Kelly, ‘The Historical Emergence of Everyday Life’, Sites: The Journal of Contemporary French Studies, 1997, 1, 1, 77–92.

17. Ian Buchanan, ‘The "Everyday" is an "Other"’, Antithesis, 1998, 9, 39–56.

18. Rita Felski, ‘The Invention of Everyday Life’, New Formations, 1999, 39, 15–31.

19. Claire Colebrook, ‘The Politics and Potential of Everyday Life’, New Literary History, 2002, 33, 4, 687–706.

20. Gregory J. Seigworth and Michael E. Gardiner, ‘Rethinking Everyday Life: And Then Nothing Turns Itself Inside Out’, Cultural Studies, 2004, 18, 2–3, 139–53.

21. Adriana Johnson, ‘Everydayness and Subalternity’, South Atlantic Quarterly, 2007, 106, 1, 21–38.

Volume II

Part 3: Ordinary History

22. Patrice Petro, ‘After Shock/Between Boredom and History’, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 1994, 16, 2, 77–99.

23. Harry Harootunian, ‘Overcome by Modernity: Fantasizing Everyday Life and the Discourse on the Social in Interwar Japan’, Parallax, 1996, 2, 1, 77–88.

24. Ranajit Guha, ‘The Small Voice of History’, Subaltern Studies, 1996, 9, 1–12.

25. Martin Jay, ‘Songs of Experience: Reflections on the Debate over Alltagsgeschichte’, Cultural Semantics: Keywords of Our Time (University of Massachusetts Press, 1998), pp. 37–46.

26. Chris Waters, ‘Representations of Everyday Life: L. S. Lowry and the Landscape of Memory in Postwar Britain’, Representations, 1999, 65, 121–50.

27. Alf Lüdtke, ‘People Working: Everyday Life and German Fascism’, History Workshop Journal, 2000, 50, 75–92.

28. Derek Schilling, ‘Everyday Life and the Challenge to History in Postwar France: Braudel, Lefebvre, Certeau’, Diacritics, 2003, 33, 1, 23–40.

29. Joe Moran, ‘November in Berlin: The End of the Everyday’, History Workshop Journal, 2004, 57, 216–34.

30. Leora Auslander, ‘Regeneration through the Everyday? Clothing, Architecture and Furniture in Revolutionary Paris’, Art History, 2005, 28, 2, 227–47.

31. Nick Hubble, ‘Historical Background’, Mass-Observation and Everyday Life: Culture, History, Theory (Palgrave, 2006), pp. 17–37.

Part 4: Media Landscapes

32. Lesley Johnson, ‘Radio and Everyday Life: The Early Years of Broadcasting in Australia, 1922–1945’, Media, Culture & Society, 1981, 3, 167–78.

33. Irving Lewis Allen, ‘Talking about Media Experiences: Everyday Life as Popular Culture’, Journal of Popular Culture, 1982, 16, 3, 106–15.

34. Hermann Bausinger, ‘Media, Technology and Daily Life’, Media, Culture and Society, 1984, 6, 343–51.

35. Robert W. Kubey, ‘Television Use in Everyday Life: Coping with Unstructured Time’, Journal of Communications, 1986, 63, 3, 108–23.

36. Shaun Moores, ‘"The Box on the Dresser": Memories of Early Radio and Everyday Life’, Media Culture Society, 1988, 10, 23, 23–40.

37. Roger Silverstone, ‘Let Us Then Return to the Murmuring of Everyday Practices: A Note on Michel de Certeau, Television and Everyday Life’, Theory, Culture and Society, 1989, 6, 1, 77–94.

38. Joke Hermes, ‘Media, Meaning and Everyday Life’, Cultural Studies, 1993, 7, 3, 493–506.

39. Kirsten Drotner, ‘Ethnographic Enigmas: "The Everyday" in Recent Media Studies’, Cultural Studies, 1994, 8, 2, 341–57.

40. Paddy Scannell, ‘For a Phenomenology of Radio and Television’, Journal of Communication, 1995, 4–19.

41. Anna McCarthy, ‘From Screen to Site: Television’s Material Culture and its Place’, October, 2001, 98, 93–111.

42. Simon Frith, ‘Music and Everyday Life’, Critical Quarterly, 2003, 44, 1, 35–48.

43. Rosalía Winocur, ‘Radio and Everyday Life: Uses and Meanings in the Domestic Sphere’, Television & New Media, 2005, 6, 3, 319–32.

Part 5: Art, Architecture, Film

44. Denise Mann, ‘The Spectacularization of Everyday Life: Recycling Hollywood Stars and Fans in Early Television Variety Shows’, Camera Obscura, 1988, 6, 1, 47–77.

45. Olga Matich, ‘Remaking the Bed: Utopia in Daily Life’, in Laboratory of Dreams: The Russian Avant-Garde and Cultural Experiment, eds. John E. Bowlt and Olga Matich (Stanford University Press, 1996), pp. 59–78.

46. Simon Shaw-Miller, ‘"Concerts of Everyday Living": Cage, Fluxus and Barthes, Interdisciplinarity and Inter-Media Events’, Art History, 1996, 19, 1, 1–25.

47. Mary McLeod, ‘Henri Lefebvre’s Critique of Everyday Life: An Introduction’, in Architecture of the Everyday, eds. Steven Harris and Deborah Berke (Princeton Architectural Press, 1997), pp. 9–29.

48. Helen Molesworth, ‘Work Avoidance: The Everyday Life of Marcel Duchamp’s Readymades’, Art Journal, 1998, 57, 4, 51–61.

49. Rey Chow, ‘Sentimental Returns: On the Uses of the Everyday in the Recent Films of Zhang Yimou andWong Kar-Wai’, New Literary History, 2002, 33, 4, 639–54.

50. Barbara Creed, ‘The End of the Everyday: Transformation, Sexuality and the Uncanny’, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 2005, 19, 4, 483–94.

Volume III

Part 6: Space, Time, and Embodiment

51. Judith Friedman Hansen, ‘The Proxemics of Danish Daily Life’, Studies in the Anthropology of Visual Communication, 1976, 3, 1, 52–62.

52. Allan Pred, ‘Social Reproduction and the Time-Geography of Everyday Life’, Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 1981, 63, 1, 5–22.

53. Cindi Katz and Andrew Kirby, ‘In the Nature of Things: The Environment and Everyday Life’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 1991, 16, 3, 259–71.

54. Gary Bridge, ‘Mapping the Terrain of Time—Space Compression: Power Networks in Everyday Life’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 1997, 15, 5, 611–26.

55. Kevin Paterson and Bill Hughes, ‘Disability Studies and Phenomenology: The Carnal Politics of Everyday Life’, Disability & Society, 1999, 14, 5, 597–610.

56. Paul Harrison, ‘Making Sense: Embodiment and the Sensibilities of the Everyday’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2000, 18, 4, 497–517.

57. Catherine Driscoll, ‘The Moving Ground: Locating Everyday Life’, South Atlantic Quarterly, 2001, 100, 2, 381–98.

58. Phil Macnaghten, ‘Embodying the Environment in Everyday Life Practices’, The Sociological Review, 2003, 51, 1, 63–84.

Part 7: Everyday Knowledge

59. Robert M. Rakoff, ‘Ideology in Everyday Life: The Meaning of the House’, Politics Society, 1977, 7, 85–104.

60. Barney Warf, ‘Ideology, Everyday Life and Emancipatory Phenomenology’, Antipode, 1986, 18, 3, 268–83.

61. Laurie Langbauer, ‘Cultural Studies and the Politics of the Everyday’, Diacritics, 1992, 22, 1, 47–65.

62. Samuel Kinser, ‘Everyday Ordinary’, Diacritics, 1992, 22, 2, 70–82.

63. Stephen Crook, ‘Minotaurs and Other Monsters: "Everyday Life" in Recent Social Theory’, Sociology, 1998, 32, 3, 523–40.

64. John Roberts, ‘Philosophizing the Everyday: The Philosophy of Praxis and the Fate of Cultural Studies’, Radical Philosophy, 1999, 98, 16–29.

65. Michael Sheringham, ‘Attending to the Everyday: Blanchot, Lefebvre, Certeau, Perec’, French Studies, 2000, 54, 2, 187–99.

66. Phillip Brian Harper, ‘The Evidence of Felt Intuition: Minority Experience, Everyday Life, and Critical Speculative Knowledge’, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 2000, 6, 4, 641–57.

67. Keya Ganguly, ‘The Antinomies of Everyday Life’, States of Exception: Everyday Life and Postcolonial Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2001), pp. 65–87.

68. Scott McCracken, ‘The Completion of Old Work: Walter Benjamin and the Everyday’, Cultural Critique, 2002, 52, 145–66.

69. John Frow, ‘"Never Draw to an inside Straight": On Everyday Knowledge’, New Literary History, 33, 4, 623–37.

Part 8: Social Aesthetics and Everyday Life

70. Alastair Bonnett, ‘Art, Ideology and Everyday Space: Subversive Tendencies from Dada to Postmodernism’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 1992, 10, 69–86.

71. Stephen Clucas, ‘Cultural Phenomenology and the Everyday’, Critical Quarterly, 2000, 42, 1, 8–34.

72. David Inglis and John Hughson, ‘The Beautiful Game and the Proto-Aesthetics of the Everyday’, Cultural Values, 2000, 4, 3, 279–97.

73. Yuriko Saito, ‘Everyday Aesthetics’, Philosophy and Literature, 2001, 25, 87–95.

74. Ben Highmore, ‘Homework: Routine, Social Aesthetics and the Ambiguity of Everyday Life’, Cultural Studies, 2004, 18, 2, 3, 306–27.

75. Andrew Gorman-Murray, ‘Gay and Lesbian Couples at Home: Identity Work in Domestic Space’, Home Cultures, 2006, 3, 2, 145–67.

76. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, ‘Aesthetic Experience in Everyday Worlds: Reclaiming an Unredeemed Utopian Motif’, New Literary History, 2006, 37, 2, 299–318.

77. David Hesmondhalgh, ‘Audiences and Everyday Aesthetics: Talking about Good and Bad Music’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2007, 10, 4, 507–27.

Volume IV

Part 9: New Media and the Everyday

78. Margaret Morse, ‘An Ontology of Everyday Distraction: The Freeway, the Mall, and Television’, Virtualities: Television, Media Art and Cyberculture (Indiana University Press, 1998), pp. 99–124.

79. Ben Bachmair, ‘Creator Spiritus: Virtual Texts in Everyday Life’, in Intertextuality and the Media: From Genre to Everyday Life, eds. Ulrike Hanna Meinhof and Jonathan Smith (Manchester University Press, 2000), pp. 115–31.

80. Maria Bakardjieva, ‘The Internet in Everyday Life: Computer Networking from the Standpoint of the Domestic User’, New Media & Society, 2001, 3, 1, 67–83.

81. Mark Poster, ‘Everyday (Virtual) Life’, New Literary History, 2002, 33, 4, 743–60.

82. Anne Galloway, ‘Intimations of Everyday Life: Ubiquitous Computing and the City’, Cultural Studies, 2004, 18, 2, 3, 384–408.

83. Melissa Gregg, ‘Feeling Ordinary: Blogging as Conversational Scholarship’, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 2006, 20, 2, 147–60.

84. Lev Manovich, ‘The Practice of Everyday (Media) Life: From Mass Consumption to Mass Cultural Production?’, Critical Inquiry, 2009, 35, 319–31.

Part 10: Global-National-Local

85. Michael Billig, ‘Studying Nationalism as an Everyday Ideology’, Papers on Social Representations, 1993, 2, 1, 40–3.

86. Neil Brenner, ‘Global, Fragmented, Hierarchical: Henri Lefebvre’s Geographies of Globalization’, Public Culture, 1997, 10, 1, 135–67.

87. Catherine Palmer, ‘From Theory to Practice: Experiencing the Nation in Everyday Life’, Journal of Material Culture, 1998, 3, 2, 175–99.

88. Jennifer Gibbs et al., ‘The Globalization of Everyday Life: Visions and Reality’, in Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears that Shape New Technologies, eds. Marita Sturken, Douglas Thomas, and Sandra Ball-Rokeach (Temple University Press, 2004), pp. 339–58.

89. Zoë Sofoulis, ‘Big Water, Everyday Water: A Sociotechnical Perspective’, Continuum Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 2005, 19, 4, 445–63.

90. Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Graig, ‘Slow Living in the Global Everyday’, Slow Living (Berg, 2006), pp. 1–17.

91. Tim Edensor, ‘Reconsidering National Temporalities: Institutional Times, Everyday Routines, Serial Spaces and Synchronicities’, European Journal of Social Theory, 2006, 9, 525–45.

92. Gail Lewis, ‘Racializing Culture is Ordinary’, Cultural Studies, 2007, 21, 6, 866–86.

93. Elizabeth Shove and Gordon Walker, ‘Governing Transitions in the Sustainability of Everyday Life’, Research Policy, 2010, 39, 4, 471–6.

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