de Certeau is often considered to be the theorist of everyday life par excellence. This book provides an unrivalled critical introduction to de Certeau's work and influence and looks at his key ideas and asks how should we try to understand him in relation to theories of modern culture and society. Ian Buchanan demonstrates how de Certeau was influenced by Lacan, Merleau-Ponty and Greimas and the meaning of de Certeau's notions of `strategy', `tactics', `place' and `space' are clearly described. The book argues that de Certeau died before developing the full import of his work for the study of culture and convincingly, it tries to complete or imagine the directions that de Certeau's work would have taken, had he lived.

‘Blasting Free’, or, the Stylistic Inflection1

‘Blasting Free’, or, the Stylistic Inflection1

‘Blasting free’, or, the stylistic inflection1

In philosophy as in literature the distinction between something expressed and the means or form through which it is expressed is archaic: there is no incorrect formulation of a true idea; the search for the proper expression is the same as the search for the wholly adequate notion.

Fredric Jameson, Sartre: The Origins of a Style

We were able to derive a picture of de Certeau's plane of immanence by focusing our attention on certain undefended choices he made in the elaboration of his concepts. In effect, we concentrated on what – according to the vernacular of the Freudian method we ostensibly deployed (it being the deeper argument of the chapter that Deleuze and Guattari's method ...

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