Arts de Faire, Volume 1

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University of California Press, 1988 - History - 229 pages
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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.
 

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Really could not get over the conceit of complaining that everyday language is not discussed in academia whilst using language that is night inaccessible to those that he discusses Read full review

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User Review  - Arctic-Stranger - LibraryThing

Ahh, French philosophers! They can write and write, and it makes sense while you read it, but then you look at reality around and wonder what all this bullshit is about, put the book down, only to be blindsided by its pertinence at strange and prevenient times throughout the rest of your life. Read full review

Contents

A VERY ORDINARY CULTURE
1
Ordinary Language
15
Uses and Tactics
29
THEORIES OF THE ART OF PRACTICE
43
Story Time
77
SPATIAL PRACTICES
91
Railway Navigation and Incarceration
111
Uses of Language
131
Quotations of Voices
154
Reading as Poaching
165
WAYS OF BELIEVING
177
Indeterminate
199
Notes
205
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About the author (1988)

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.

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