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.

Strategy and Tactics

Strategy and tactics

I prefer lucidity – perhaps a cruel lucidity – that seeks respectable authorities by beginning with an examination of real situations.

Michel de Certeau, Culture in the Plural

Strategy and tactics are undoubtedly de Certeau's most well known concepts, yet for all their notoriety they remain poorly understood. Part of the problem rests with de Certeau's own rather too thin formulation of them in the first place, which is suggestive but not nearly as richly argued and exampled as was really needed to make secure their conceptual future.1 In what follows, I will try to develop a fuller picture of strategy and tactics by unpacking what I take to be their internal logic, which I will try to show is dialectical rather ...

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