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Reading the Everyday 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415317092
ISBN-10: 0415317096
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415317096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415317092
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,935,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. H. on August 1, 2011
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Everyday life as a topic of study fascinates me, but I'm hardly an expert on the subject. Part of the reason why is my own failing as a reader--I don't do well with heavily theoretical texts that don't lend themselves readily to practical application. I think that within the topic of everyday life, this problem is exacerbated because of everyday life's own apparent status as all practice and no theory.

Writers like Michel de Certeau and Henri Lefebvre, who write about the political theory of everyday life, always leave me with a yearning for a book that is actually about everyday life itself: bus stops, billboards, supermarkets, intersections, housing developments, etc. And in many ways, Joe Moran's book Reading the Everyday is just what I was looking for: a book that uses these theories to discuss how public and private life are structured in modern Britain. Moran's introduction is an extended meditation on modern bus stops and the social meaning of riding the bus. He then moves on to discuss office spaces and business parks, urban traffic and parking, non-places like rest stops, and housing developments from the outside. He makes the conscious decision not to discuss life inside the home, the traditional site of thinking about everyday life, in order to focus on the public and semi-public places where we spend much (if not most) of our time, although not by choice.

Moran's analysis describes these places as they actually exist, since he realizes the importance of the appearance and public profile of bus stops, parking garages, traffic lights, and developments of identical houses.
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