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.

Unknotting Place and Space

Unknotting place and space

It is within the possibilities of late capitalism that people glimpse the ‘main chance’, ‘go for it’, make money, and reorganise firms in new ways (just like artists or generals, ideologists or gallery owners).

Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

The contradiction adduced at the close of the previous chapter between the hopeful space of utopia and the hopeless one of the fatality of history frames de Certeau's theorisation of spatiality. However, this frame is itself further delimited by its own convulsive contradiction, which by taking Foucault's disciplinary society (together with some kind of opposing force of anti-discipline) as a given can be said to exist ‘between the collective mode of administration and an individual mode ...

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