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.
At the level of daily life, music has power … Music may influence how people compose their bodies, how they conduct themselves, how they experience the passage of time, how they feel – in terms of energy and emotion – about themselves and others, and about situations. (DeNora, 2000: 16ߝ17)
As the above observation from DeNora implies, to speak of the significance of music in everyday life is to go considerably beyond issues of music-making and the creativity of musicians. On the contrary, music informs everyday life at a number of levels, ‘participation’ in music being effected as much through consumption practices as through active involvement in process of production (Bennett, 2000: 60). This aspect of musical life has been most thoroughly investigated with regard ...