Everyday Culture examines the confluence of cultural and material possibility--the bringing together of thought and action in daily life. David Trend argues that an informed and invigorated citizenry can help reverse patterns of dehumanization and social control. The impetus for Everyday Culture can be described in the observation by Raymond Williams that the "culture is ordinary," and that the fabric of meanings that inform and organize everyday life often go undervalued and unexamined. Everyday Culture shares with thinkers like Williams the conviction that it is precisely the ordinariness of culture that makes it extraordinarily important. The ubiquity of everyday culture means that it affects all aspects of contemporary economic, social, and political life.
David Trend is Professor of Studio Art at the University of California-Irvine. He is the author of The Myth of Media Violence (Blackwell 2007).
Preface Chapter 1: Beginning: An Introduction History and the "Everyday" How the Book Is Organized Notes Chapter 2: Asking: Questioning Culture and Consumption Everday Culture But Is It Art? What Everybody Wants Notes Chapter 3: Reading: Language, Communication, and New Media Literacies and Media Literacy Violence in the Media Technology and the Everyday Notes Chapter 4: Finding: Self and Identity Self and Naming Difference Fear, Ethics, Everyday Life Notes Chapter 5: Joining: Communities and Publics Dialogue and Voice Public Opinion Censorship and Free Speech Notes Chapter 6: Building: Globalization and Democracy Acting Locally Thinking Globally Democracy Notes Index About the Author