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.

  

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User Review  - Shane - Goodreads

An absolutely incredible perceptive trail through modern urban life, told with a voice that seems to understand the heartbeat of a city. Read full review

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

This is a quiet book, and in some ways reminded me of the American Fox Fire series of books, only this one here is the French version. "Women only need concern themselves with whether or not the tomato is juicy enough or not." :) Read full review

Contents

Translators Note
ix
Times and Places
xxxv
Entree
xliii
The Neighborhood
13
Propriety
21
Bread and Wine
85
The End of the Week
101
And So for Shopping Theres Always Robert?
115
Private Spaces
145
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
252
The CroixRousse Neighborhood
263
DoingCooking
275
Index
287

Ghosts in the City
136

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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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