9780335215508

Ordinary Lifestyles : Popular Media, Consumption and Taste

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    9780335215508

  • ISBN10:

    0335215505

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-09-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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Summary

Lifestyle media books, magazines, websites, radio and television shows that focus on topics such as cookery, gardening, travel and home improvement have witnessed an explosion in recent years. Ordinary Lifestyles explores how popular media texts bring ideas about taste and fashion to consumers, helping audiences to fashion their lifestyles as well as defining what constitutes an appropriate lifestyle for particular social groups. Contemporary examples are used throughout, including Martha Stewart, House Doctor, What Not to Wear, You Are What You Eat, Country Living and brochures for gay and lesbian holiday promotions.The contributors show that watching make-over television or cooking from a celebrity chef's book are significant cultural practices, through which we work on our ideas about taste, status and identity. In opening up the complex processes which shape our taste and forge individual and collective identities, lifestyle media demand our serious attention, as well as our viewing, reading and listening pleasure. Ordinary Lifestyles is essential reading for students on media and cultural studies courses, and for anyone intrigued by the influence of the media on our day-to-day lives. Contributors: David Bell, Manchester Metropolitan University; Frances Bonner, University of Queensland, Australia; Steven Brown, Loughborough University; Fan Carter, Kingston University; Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin School of New York University, USA; David Dunn; Johannah Fahey, Monash University, Australia; Elizabeth Bullen, Deakin University, Australia; Jane Kenway, Monash University, Australia; Robert Fish, University of Exeter; Danielle Gallegos, Murdoch University, Australia; Mark Gibson; David B. Goldstein, University of Tulsa, USA; Ruth Holliday, University of Leeds; Joanne Hollows, Nottingham Trent University; Felicity Newman; Tim O'Sullivan, De Montfort University; Elspeth Probyn; Rachel Russell, University of Sydney, Australia; Lisa Taylor; Melissa Tyler; Gregory Woods, Nottingham Trent University.

Author Biography

David Bell teaches Cultural Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Joanne Hollows teaches Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii
Acknowledgements ix
1 Making sense of ordinary lifestyles 1(20)
David Bell and Joanne Hollows
PART I MEDIA FORM AND INDUSTRY
2 From television lifestyle to lifestyle television
21(14)
Tim O'Sullivan
3 Whose lifestyle is it anyway?
35(12)
Frances Bonner
4 Recipes for living: Martha Stewart and the new American subject
47(18)
David B. Goldstein
PART II HOME FRONT
5 Home truths?
65(17)
Ruth Holliday
6 Monoculture versus multiculinarism: Trouble in the Aussie kitchen
82(17)
Felicity Newman and Mark Gibson
7 Cookbooks as manuals of taste
99(14)
Danielle Gallegos
PART III THE GREAT OUTDOORS
8 It was beautiful before you changed it all: Class, taste and the transformative aesthetics of the garden lifestyle media
113(15)
Lisa Taylor
9 Playing the tourist: Ideology and aspiration in British television holiday programmes
128(15)
David Dunn
10 Holidays of a lifestyle: Representations of pleasure in gay and lesbian holiday promotions
143(15)
Gregory Woods
11 Countryside formats and ordinary lifestyles
158(15)
Robert Fish
158(15)
PART IV LEARNING LIFESTYLES
12 It's a girl thing: Teenage magazines, lifestyle and consumer culture
173(14)
Fan Carter
13 Gender, childhood and consumer culture
187(13)
Melissa Tyler and Rachel Russell
14 A taste for science: Inventing the young in the national interest
200(17)
Johannah Fahey, Elizabeth Sullen and Jane Kenway
PART V WORK/LIFE BALANCING
15 Sabotage, slack and the zinester search for non-alienated labour
217(14)
Stephen Duncombe
16 The worst things in the world: Life events checklists in popular stress management texts
231(12)
Steven D. Brown
17 Thinking habits and the ordering of life
243(12)
Elspeth Probyn
Bibliography 255(22)
Index 277

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