Escape Attempts: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Everyday Life

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Psychology Press, 1992 - Social Science - 246 pages
From sexual fantasies to holidays this marvellous book charts our escape attempts. In a series of dazzling commentaries the authors reveal the ordinary and extraordinary ways in which we seek to defy the despair of the breakfast table and the office But the book is much more than a first-rate cartography of everyday life. It crackles with important theoretical insights about how `normality' is managed. This fully revised edition contains a superb new introduction, `Life After Postmodernism', which exposes the conceits of the postmodernist adventure and which should be required reading for anyone interested in making sense of everyday life.
 

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Contents

Open Prison
30
The Mental Management of Routine
46
The Nightmare of Repetition
66
The Inner Theatre of the Mind
88
Free Areas Escape Routes and Identity Sites
112
Getting it Together
154
Momentary Slips through the Fabric
170
Over the Wall
186
A Case of Mistaken Identity
211
Notes and References
237
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