The Practice of Everyday Life: Living and cooking. Volume 2

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U of Minnesota Press, 1998 - Social Science - 292 pages
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To remain unconsumed by consumer society—this was the goal, pursued through a world of subtle and practical means, that beckoned throughout the first volume of The Practice of Everyday Life. The second volume of the work delves even deeper than did the first into the subtle tactics of resistance and private practices that make living a subversive art. Michel de Certeau, Luce Giard, and Pierre Mayol develop a social history of “making do” based on microhistories that move from the private sphere (of dwelling, cooking, and homemaking) to the public (the experience of living in a neighborhood). A series of interviews—mostly with women—allows us to follow the subjects’ individual routines, composed of the habits, constraints, and inventive strategies by which the speakers negotiate daily life. Through these accounts the speakers, “ordinary” people all, are revealed to be anything but passive consumers. Amid these experiences and voices, the ephemeral inventions of the “obscure heroes” of the everyday, we watch the art of making do become the art of living.This long-awaited second volume of de Certeau’s masterwork, updated and revised in this first English edition, completes the picture begun in volume 1, drawing to the last detail the collective practices that define the texture, substance, and importance of the everyday.Michel de Certeau (1925-1986) wrote numerous books that have been translated into English, including Heterologies (1986), The Capture of Speech (1998), and Culture in the Plural (1998), all published by Minnesota. Luce Giard is senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and is affiliated with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She is visiting professor of history and history of science at the University of California, San Diego. Pierre Mayol is a researcher in the French Ministry of Culture in Paris.Timothy J. Tomasik is a freelance translator pursuing a Ph.D. in French literature at Harvard University.
  

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User Review  - Jeff Lee - Goodreads

Superb book that I'm re-reading. The notion of tactics as ways of finding agency in otherwise restrictive conditions of life is very helpful in my research into non-commercial and non-institutional ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zacharygs - Goodreads

Fantastic book from a Jesuit priest who seems to know Foucault better than anyone. I'm not sure that his distinction between tactics and strategy can be maintained as neatly as he makes, but it's a ... Read full review

Contents

The Street Trade
71
The rue Rivet Robert the Greengrocer La Germaine
77
Bread and Wine
85
The End of the Week
101
And So for Shopping Theres Always Robert?
115
Ghosts in the City
136
Private Spaces
145
The Nourishing Arts
151
The Field of Oblivion New Knowledge The PastPresent
199
The Rules of the
215
A FourEntry Dictionary The Language of Recipes
221
A Practical Science of the Singular
251
Notes
257
Plat du jour
277
Index
287
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About the author (1998)

Giard is senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and visiting professor of history and history of science at the University of California, San Diego.

The late Michel de Certeau was Directeur d'Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Visiting Professor of French and Comparative Literature at University of California, San Diego.

Mayol is a researcher in the French Ministry of Culture in Paris.

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