Historicizing Lifestyle (inbunden)
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Ashgate Publishing Limited
Hollows, Joanne (red.)
Includes 6 b&w illustrations
Includes 6 b&w illustrations
242 x 165 x 19 mm
505 g
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Historicizing Lifestyle (inbunden)

Historicizing Lifestyle

Mediating Taste, Consumption and Identity from the 1900s to 1970s

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Lifestyles have a history, and lifestyle media is fundamentally implicated in this history. This original volume examines issues of taste, media and lifestyle from the 1900s to 1970s, providing a wealth of empirical evidence and debate from varied international perspectives. Including examples as diverse as 'Good Housekeeping' and 'Playboy', it explores the continuities and discontinuities between the past and present to provide a better understanding of the representation of lifestyle and its relationship to the self. The volume demonstrates how ideas about gender, nation and 'race' problematize taken-for-granted assumptions about lifestyle, with particular emphasis on the new middle classes in the US. The book also examines the role of advertising and marketing in mediating ideas about lifestyle, the role of material culture in the construction of cultural hierarchies and the positioning of social groups within wider cartographies of taste. The volume makes a significant contribution to this growing field and will interest academics and students in media and cultural studies, communication studies, cultural history and sociology.
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'This lively and important collection of essays is required reading for anyone who is interested in the serious and critical study of lifestyle...From Good Housekeeping to Ebony, via Playboy and the lifestyle depths of leisure sports such as scuba diving, each chapter provides a finely judged case study, which both challenges and genuinely advances our understanding of the historical roots of lifestyle culture.' Tim O'Sullivan, De Montfort University, UK 'This book conclusively demonstrates that the arguments for lifestyle being a phenomenon of the 1970s and later overlook much earlier evidence. This fascinatingly diverse collection of studies of the relentless direction of varied middle class lifestyle practices between 1920 and 1970 is a key reading for all concerned with twentieth-century consumer culture.' Frances Bonner, University of Queensland, Australia 'This book is an informative addition to the design historian's bookshelf. It will be an asset to scholars and students of consumption, leisure, histories of publishing and, to a lesser extent, reading and cultural studies more generally.' Journal of Design History

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David Bell is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has written several books on Lifestyles and also Science, Technology and Culture. Joanne Hollows is Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University. She has written several books on food and cultural studies, and feminism and popular culture.


Contents: Towards a history of lifestyle, David Bell and Joanne Hollows; Science and spells: cooking, lifestyle and domestic femininities in British Good Housekeeping in the inter-war period, Joanne Hollows; The restaurant guide as romance: from Raymond Postgate to Florence White, Janet Floyd; Presenting the black middle class: John H. Johnson and Ebony Magazine, 1945-1974, Jason Chambers; The politics of Playboy: lifestyle, sexuality and non-conformity in American Cold War culture, Mark Jancovich; Rapture of the Deep: leisure, lifestyle and the lure of Sixties scuba, Bill Osgerby; Lifestyle print culture and the mediation of everyday life: from dispersing images to caring texts, Sam Binkley; Depression and recovery: self-help and America in the 1930s, Sue Currell; Pushing Pneus: Michelin's advertising of lifestyle in pre-World War I France, Stephen L. Harp; Creating 'Modern Tendencies': the symbolic economics of furnishing, Tracey Potts; Index.