Ordinary Lives

Author: Ben Highmore
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136905235
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This new study from Ben Highmore looks at the seemingly banal world of objects, work, daily media, and food, and finds there a scintillating array of passionate experience. Through a series of case studies, and building on his previous work on the everyday, Highmore examines our relationship to familiar objects (a favourite chair), repetitive work (housework, typing), media (distracted television viewing and radio listening) and food (specifically the food of multicultural Britain). A chair allows him to consider the history of flat-pack furniture as well as the lively presence of inorganic ‘stuff’ in our daily lives. Distracted television watching and radio listening becomes one of the preconditions for experiencing wonder through the media. Ordinary Lives links the concrete study of routine existence to theoretical reflection on everyday life. The book discusses philosophers such as Jacques Rancière, William James and David Hume and combines them with autobiographical testimonies, historical research and the analysis of popular culture to investigate the minutiae of day-to-day life. Highmore argues that aesthetic experience is embedded in the mundane sensory world of everyday life. He asks the reader to reconsider the negative associations of habit and routine, focusing specifically on the intrinsic ambiguity of habit (habit, we find out, is both rigid and adaptive). Rather than ask ‘what does everyday life mean?’ this book asks ‘what does everyday life feel like and how do our sensual, emotional and temporal experiences interconnect and intersect?’ Ordinary Lives is an accessible, animated and engaging book that is ideally suited to both students and researchers working in cultural studies, media and communication and sociology.

The Everyday

Author: Justin Derry
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443869899
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The Everyday: Experiences, Concepts and Narratives is an inter-disciplinary book problematizing the slippery notion of 'Everyday Life'. Contributing to a tradition of 20th century scholarly work focusing on 'Everyday Life', this book specifically attends to the multiple ways that the quotidian aspects of our day-to-day existence become knotted into situated narratives and concepts. In their depth and breadth, the chapters compiled here all work with an understanding of everyday life that is i...

Locative Media

Author: Rowan Wilken
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134588658
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Not only is locative media one of the fastest growing areas in digital technology, but questions of location and location-awareness are increasingly central to our contemporary engagements with online and mobile media, and indeed media and culture generally. This volume is a comprehensive account of the various location-based technologies, services, applications, and cultures, as media, with an aim to identify, inventory, explore, and critique their cultural, economic, political, social, and policy dimensions internationally. In particular, the collection is organized around the perception that the growth of locative media gives rise to a number of crucial questions concerning the areas of culture, economy, and policy.

Culture

Author: Ben Highmore
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136472983
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What are the qualities and properties that make something cultural? What does claiming something as cultural allow us to do? Culture offers students a workable understanding of the category ‘culture’ and explores how the realm of the ‘cultural’ can be practically explored as a way of understanding the world. Ben Highmore provides a clear and robust defence of the productivity of cultural analysis in a media saturated world, while also instilling a sense of modesty in qualifying what can and can’t be accomplished in the name of cultural analysis. With extensive examples and case studies throughout, the book demonstrates both the productivity and the limitations in orientating analysis to the cultural. A thought-provoking and engaging examination, Culture is an ideal introductory text for students of media and cultural studies.

Im Land des Fl sterns

Author: Barbara Demick
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 3426452375
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Leben und lieben in Zeiten der Diktatur: Die Autorin und Journalistin Barbara Demick erzählt bewegende Geschichten von Menschen in Nordkorea, ihrem Alltag, ihren Beziehungen, ihren Ängsten und vor allem den Herausforderungen durch die gnadenlosen Lebensverhältnisse im Schattenreich des "geliebten Führers" Kim Jong Il. Barbara Demick schildert in ihrem bewegenden Buch die Geschichte von Song Hee-suk, einer regimetreuen Vorzeigebürgerin, die zusehen muss, wie ihre Schwiegermutter, ihr Ehemann und ihr Sohn vor Hunger sterben. Sie berichtet von der Ärztin Kim Ji-eun, die verzweifelt, weil sie ihren Patienten nicht helfen kann, da selbst die Voraussetzungen für die einfachste medizinische Versorgung fehlen; sie erzählt von Mi-ran und ihrem Verehrer Jun-sang, einem Liebespaar, das sich nur in der Dunkelheit treffen kann, weil die Beziehung gegen die Parteidoktrin verstößt. Doch wenn sich das verheißene sozialistische Paradies des Führers Kim Jong Il als Hölle auf Erden erweist, bleibt allein die Flucht. Seit den massiven Kriegsdrohungen Nordkoreas gegenüber Südkorea und den USA im Frühjahr 2013 steht das streng abgeschottete Land im Fokus des internationalen Interesses. Die Situation hat sich 2017 durch den öffentlichen verbalen Schlagabtausch zwischen US-Präsident Donald Trump und Kim Jong Un, dem Sohn des verstorbenen Führers Kim Jong Il, noch verschärft. Die langjährige Ostasien-Korrespondentin der "Los Angeles Times" Barbara Demick ist eine exzellente Kennerin der Verhältnisse in der diktatorisch regierten Volksrepublik. In ihrem mit dem Human Rights Book Award ausgezeichneten Buch liefert sie tiefe und verstörende Einblicke in das Alltagsleben Nordkoreas und zeigt uns eine ferne, sehr fremde und nahezu unbekannte Welt. "Ein scharfsinniges, über die Maßen erhellendes Buch über das Alltagsleben in Nordkorea" Jung Chang, Autorin des Weltbestsellers "Wilde Schwäne" "Auf dem deutschsprachigen Buchmarkt kommt wohl nichts näher an den nordkoreanischen Alltag heran als dieses ausgezeichnet geschriebene Buch." Süddeutsche Zeitung "Ungewöhnlich, klug, engagiert" der Freitag

Struggling for Ordinary

Author: Andre Cavalcante
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479864587
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An in-depth look at the role of media in the struggle for transgender inclusion From television shows like Orange is the New Black and Transparent, to the real-life struggles of Caitlyn Jenner splashed across the headlines, transgender visibility is on the rise. But what was it like to live as a transgender person in a media environment before this transgender boom in television? While pop culture imaginations of transgender identity flourish and shape audience’s perceptions of trans identities, what does this new media visibility mean for transgender individuals themselves? Struggling for Ordinary engagingly answers these questions, offering a snapshot of how transgender individuals made their way toward a sense of ordinary life by integrating available media into their everyday experiences. Drawing on in-depth interviews with transgender communities, Andre Cavalcante offers a richly detailed account of how the media impacts the lives and experiences of transgender individuals. He grippingly looks at the emotional toll that media takes on this population along with their resilience in the face of disempowerment. Deeply rooted in the life stories of transgender people, the book uses everyday circumstances to show how media and technology operate as a medium through which transgender individuals are able to cultivate an understanding of their identities, build inhabitable worlds, and achieve the routine affordances of everyday life from which they are often excluded. Expertly researched and eloquently argued, Struggling for Ordinary sheds a fascinating new light of the everyday struggles of individuals and communities, to seek a life in which transgender identity is fully integrated into the ordinary.

Digital Snaps

Author: Jonas Larsen
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857734423
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Photography as an everyday practice is once again changing dramatically. At this moment of transition from analogue to digital, Digital Snaps aims to develop a new media ecology that can accommodate these changes to photography ‘as we know it’. Expert contributors representing varied disciplines demonstrate how and to what extent the traditional social practices, technologies and images of analogue photography are being transformed with the movement to digital photography. They zoom in on typical, vernacular, everyday practices: the development of the family photo album from a physical object in the living room to a digital practice on the Internet; the use of mobile phones in everyday life; photo communities on the Internet; photo booth photography; studio photography; and fine arts’ appropriation of amateur photography. They explore how this media convergence transforms the media ecology – the networks, objects, performances, meanings and circulations – of vernacular photography, as we research it through ordinary people’s use of such new cameras and interactive Internet spaces as part of their everyday lives.

Painting Out of the Ordinary

Author: David H. Solkin
Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies
ISBN:
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With its plethora of illustrations, many of works published here for the first time, 'Painting Out of the Ordinary' will be compulsory reading for anyone interested in British art and society of the Romantic era.

Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion

Author: Athina Karatzogianni
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230391346
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Fifteen thought-provoking essays engage in an innovative dialogue between cultural studies of affect, feelings and emotions, and digital cultures, new media and technology. The volume provides a fascinating dialogue that cuts across disciplines, media platforms and geographic and linguistic boundaries.

Everyday Stalinism

Author: Sheila Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195050010
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Drawing on research from newly opened Soviet archives, a leading authority on modern Russian history shows how living conditions and day-to-day practices changed dramatically in Soviet Russia with Stalin's revolution of the 1930s--forcing ordinary people to live under extraordinary circumstances. 5 halftones. 5 illustrations.