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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Page 292 - Since 1988, she has taught one quarter of each year as a visiting professor in the Department of History at the University of California, San Diego. Giard's studies focus on the history of science and philosophy of the medieval and Renaissance periods. Michel de Certeau left Giard the editorial responsibility for his works.

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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 et Sciences Sociales in Paris and Visiting Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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

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