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Michel de Certeau considers the uses to which social representation and modes of social behavior are put by individuals and groups, describing the tactics available to the common man for reclaiming his own autonomy from the all-pervasive forces of commerce, politics, and culture. In exploring the public meaning of ingeniously defended private meanings, de Certeau draws brilliantly on an immense theoretical literature in analytic philosophy, linguistics, sociology, semiology, and anthropology--to speak of an apposite use of imaginative literature.
Repackage of a classic sociology text in which the author developes the idea of resistance to social and economic pressures.
Michel de Certeau considers the uses to which social representation and modes of social behaviour are put by individuals and groups, describing the tactics available to the common man for reclaiming his own autonomy from the all-pervasive forces of commerce, politics and culture.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-229).
About the Author
The late Michel de Certeau was Directeur d' Études at the Ecole des Hautes Études et Sciences Sociales in Paris and Visiting Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego.
Table of Contents
PART I: A VERY ORDINARY CULTURE
1. A Common Place: Ordinary Language
2. Popular Cultures: Ordinary Language
3. "Making Do": Uses and Tactics
PART II: THEORIES OF THE ART OF PRACTICE
4. Foucault and Bourdieu
5. The Arts of Theory
6. Story Time
PART III: SPATIAL PRACTICES
7. Walking in the City
8. Railway Navigation and Incarceration
9. Spatial Stories
PART IV: USES OF LANGUAGE
10. The Scriptural Economy
11. Quotations of Voices
12. Reading as Poaching
PART V: WAYS OF BELIEVING
13. Believing and Making People Believe
14. The Unnamable