Understanding Culture offers an accessible and comprehensive overview of the field of cultural studies whilst also proposing a different way of `doing' cultural studies. It focuses on the ways in which cultural objects and practices serve as both a means of ordering people's lives and as markers of that ordering. The book reviews the state of the discipline of cultural studies and suggests a new theoretical and methodological orientation drawing on the work of: Foucault; scepticism, Wittgenstein; Harvey Sacks and John Law; uses insights from a variety of sources to examine the complex ways in which meanings are manufactured as lives are ordered in particular social settings: personal life, education, health, the city and law; and pre

Ordering through the Culture of Everyday Life

Ordering through the culture of everyday life

Remember our cutlery freaks? Remember our fridge? They of the ordering brigade. Oh yes, we are sure you remember them and their ilk, and we are confident they intrigue you, as they intrigue us. We suspect you know there is at least a little bit of them in you, in all of us. We want to take you closer to them in this chapter (well, not too close) and explore the culture of everyday ordering. If you want a summary statement of what is involved in such an exploration, you will not find better than this one by Georges Perec:

What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our ...

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