Culture and Everyday Life provides students with a comprehensive overview of theoretical models, issues and examples of contemporary cultural practice. Andy Bennett begins by summarising and situating - in everyday settings - the key theoretical models applied in the study of existing cultural practices. This entails a systematic study of how academic thinking about mass culture has changed, from critical accounts of early mass cultural theorists to radical postmodernist critiques of mass cultural accounts and to 'the cultural turn', which explored how various social identities are culturally constructed.

The Cultural Turn

The cultural turn

… although modernity is marked by a logic of control and domination, the Orwellian nightmare of a thoroughly bureaucratized social existence is always deferred, partly because controllable systems are simply not possible … but also because we subvert the total commodification and homogenization of experience through myriad (if sometimes fleeting) expressions of passion, non-logicality and the imaginary. The emancipatory moments are endemic in the everyday, and remain opposed to the utilitarian grey-ness of official society. (Gardiner, 2000: 15)

In the course of the previous chapter it was noted that a number of theorists engaged in debates concerning the nature and consequences of postmodernism have argued that many key features associated with postmodernity can, in fact, be re-interpreted as signalling an altered ...

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