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Ruling passions : essays on just about everything

Author: Nick Perry
Publisher: Dunedin, N.Z. : Otago University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"These essays are by one of Australasia's leading media and social science intellectuals. 'Culture' is often seen as somehow elevated above daily life (set in a rarefied realm) or set apart from it (e.g. the anthropological study of cultures other than our own). But for contemporary sociologists and media theorists, culture is better seen as the matter-of-fact practice and taken-for-granted nature of everyday life.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Perry
ISBN: 9781877372896 1877372897
OCLC Number: 749853249
Description: 230 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Is Everything Enough? --
1. Sport: Media 5, Rugby 1: Keeping the Score on Media Representations --
2. Shopping: Six Retailers in Search of a Consumer --
3. Gambling: Gamblers, Popular Culture and Popular Film --
4. Watching Television: When British TV was young (and New Zealand TV was new) --
5. Telephoning: Ringing the Changes: The Cultural Meanings of the Telephone --
6. Reading: Language Rules: Joseph Heller's Catch --
7. Arts and Crafts: The Emporium's New Clothes? The Montana World of Wearable Art --
8. Myth-Making: Getting a Life --
9. Myth-Breaking: On Forging Identities --
10. Networks and DIY Democracy: An Electronic Samizdat in the Field of Dreams --
11. (Armchair) Travel: Virtual Spectatorship and the Antipodal --
12. (Physical) Travel: On Reading Beijing but Writing Auckland --
13. Going Global: Is the Global Village a Company Town? Was Confucius a Jesuit Cyberpunk? --
Afterword: Mass /Culture.
Responsibility: Nick Perry ; with a foreword by Ian Wedde.
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"These essays are by one of Australasia's leading media and social science intellectuals. 'Culture' is often seen as somehow elevated above daily life (set in a rarefied realm) or set apart from it (e.g. the anthropological study of cultures other than our own). But for contemporary sociologists and media theorists, culture is better seen as the matter-of-fact practice and taken-for-granted nature of everyday life. Culture is inherent to how the world is made to mean something, how knowledge is produced and how society functions. As a result, we need to interrogate what we take as 'given'. Nick Perry is well placed to interrogate the stuff of daily life. In Ruling Passions, his lucid, enjoyable and probing essays on shopping, telephoning, watching TV, playing sport, gambling and travel show us how we can 'read' our own environments and, in so doing, interpret the world around us and our place within it."--Publisher description.

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