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Definition (adj.)

Commonplace; ordinary: everyday worries.

Everyday life

Personal life (or everyday life or human existence) is an individual human's personal, private career (including, but not the same as their employment career), and is a common notion in modern existence. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_life [Oct 2005]

Everyday life is the sum total of every aspect of common human life as it is routinely lived. Daily reality. A number of philosophers and social scientists have written about the question of everyday life:

--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everyday_life [Nov 2005]

Pop art and the tropes of everyday life

Pop Art brought art back to the material realities of everyday life, to popular culture (hence ``pop''), in which ordinary people derived most of their visual pleasure from television, magazines, or comics. -- Nicolas Pioch in http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/tl/20th/pop-art.html [Aug 2004]

Critique of Everyday Life - Henri Lefebvre

Critique of Everyday Life, Volume II/Critique de la Vie Quotidienne - Henri Lefebvre [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

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The Revolution of Everyday Life (1967) - Raoul Vaneigem

The Revolution of Everyday Life (1967) - Raoul Vaneigem [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

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The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901) - Sigmund Freud

The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901) - Sigmund Freud [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

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The Everyday Life Reader (2002) - Ben Highmore (Editor)

The Everyday Life Reader (2002) - Ben Highmore (Editor) [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

The Everyday Life Reader brings together thinkers ranging from Freud to Baudrillard with primary sources. It thus provides a complete and comprehensive resource on theories of everyday life.

Ben Highmore's introduction surveys the development of thought about everyday life, setting theories in their social and historical context, and each themed section opens with an essay introducing the debates. Sections include:


Part I - Situating the Everyday
1. Parapraxes Sigmund Freud
2. Preface to The Mediterranean Fernand Braudel 3. Front and Back Regions of Everyday Life Erving Goffmann
4.'The Problem that has No Name'Betty Friedan
5. General Introduction from The Practice of Everyday Life Michel de Certeau
6. A Feminist Methodology Dorothy Smith
7.Introduction fromEveryday Life: Yale French Studies

Part II - Everyday Life and 'National Culture' Alice Kaplan and Kristin Ross
8. Habit and Custom Leon Trotsky
9. From The Road to Wigan Pier Diary George Orwell
10. Whose Imagined Community? Partha Chatterjee
11. Nixon in Moscow Karal Ann Marling
12. Introduction to Fast Cars, Clean Bodies Kristin Ross
13. The Promise of 'Modern Life' Harry Hatoonian
14. New Urban Culture and the Anxiety of Everyday Life in Late-Twentieth-Century China

Part III - Ethnography Near and Far Xiaobing Tang
15. Proper Conditions for Ethnographic Work Bronislaw Malinowski
16. Mass-Observation: 'Two Letters and 'They Speak for Themselves' Mass Observation
17. The Kabyle House or the World Reversed Pierre Bourdieu
18. Approaches to What? George Perec
19. Documentation

Part VI: Pre-writing alphabet, exerque and diary Mary Kelly
20. France/Tour/Detour/Two/Children Jean-Luc Godard and ^Ann Marie Mi'eville
21. Reassemblage Part IV - Reclamation Work Trinh T Minh-Ha
22. Work and Leisure in Everyday Life Henri Lefebrve
23. Perspectives for Conscious Alternations in Everyday Life Guy Debord
24. History from Below E P Thompson 25.Landscape for a Good Woman Caroline Steedman 26. Symbolic Creativity

Part V - Everyday Things Paul Willis
27. Boredom Siegfried Kracauer
28. Plastic Roland Barthes
29. Structures of Interior Design Jean Baudrillard
30. Doing Cooking Luce Giard
31.Installing the Television Set Lynn Spiegel
32.Making Love in Supermarkets Daniel Miller
33 Rough Magic: Bags Steven Connor

Full Contributors:
Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Walter Benjamin, Pierre Bourdieu, Fernand Braudel, Michel de Certeau, Steven Connor, Guy Debord, Sigmund Freud, Betty Friedan, Luce Giard, Jean-Luc Godard, Erving Goffman,Stuart Hall, Harry Harootunian, Alice Kaplan, Mary Kelly, Siegfried Kracauer, Henri Lefebvre, Bronislaw Malinowski, Karal Ann Marling, Anne-Marie Mi'eville, Daniel Miller, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Georges Perec,Jacques Ranciere, Kristin Ross, Georg Simmel, Dorothy Smith, Lynn Spigel, Caroline Steedman, Xiaobing Tang, Leon Trotsky, Raymond Williams, Paul Willis.

Ben Highmore is Lecturer in Cultural and Media Studies at the University of the West of England. He is author of the companion volume

What is a reader?
A reader is an anthology, especially a literary or academic anthology. [May 2006]

See also: theory - everyday life - philosophy

The Practice of Everyday Life (1974) - Michel de Certeau

The Practice of Everyday Life (1974) - Michel de Certeau [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

First sentence: "THE EROSION AND DENIGRATION of the singular or the extraordinary was announced by The Man Without Qualities: "Perhaps it is precisely the petit-bourgeois who has..."

The Practice of Everyday Life is a book by Michel de Certeau which examines the ways in which people individualise mass culture, altering things, from utilitarian objects to street plans to rituals, laws and language, in order to make them their own. It was originally published in French as L'invention du quotidien. Vol. 1, Arts de faire (1974). The English translation in 1984 was by Steven Rendall. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Practice_of_Everyday_Life [May 2006]

Michel de Certeau (Chambéry, 1925- Paris, January 9, 1986) was a French Jesuit and scholar whose work combined psychoanalysis, philosophy, and the social sciences.

Certeau was greatly influenced by Sigmund Freud and was, along with Jacques Lacan, one of the founding members of L'Ecole Freudienne, an informal group which served as a focal point for French scholars interested in psychoanalysis. He came to public attention after publishing an article dealing with the events of May 1968. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_de_Certeau [May 2006]

De Certeau also wrote a book on the possession of Loudun and the subsequent trial of Urbain Grandier (ISBN:0226100359)

Typically for modernist philosophy, the opening sentence of The Practice of Everyday Life refers to Robert Musil's novel The Man Without Qualities. A novel is invoked to point to a shared experience and worldview. As we will see in future posts (and for more, check the philosophy page), postmodern theorists like Zizek increasingly refer to films rather than novels. Shared experience for late 20th and early 21st century readers is found in the movies because it is much easier to find someone who has seen the same film than someone who has read the same book. Reading is out, seeing is in. [May 2006]

See also: 1974 - everyday life - French philosophy

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