9781861978363

Queuing for Beginners: The Story of Daily Life from Breakfast to Bedtime

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  • ISBN13:

    9781861978363

  • ISBN10:

    1861978367

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-08-13
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd

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Summary

Exploring the history of common daily activities as they come up during a typical day, starting with breakfast and ending with bedtime, Joe Moran shows how such tendencies conceal all kinds of hidden histories and meanings. By looking closely at the normally unobserved, he tells a story about social and cultural change in Britain and the Western world, in particular since World War II. And along the way connections become apparent between what seem unrelated phenomenapubs and the weather forecast, sandwiches and commuting, smoking and gossip. Drawing on his academic research on everyday life but writing with wit for a popular audience, Joe Moran shows that we know less about ourselves than we think.

Author Biography

Joe Moran is a reader in cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University. He contributes regularly to the New Statesman, and has also written for the Times Higher Education Supplement. He has written three academic books and his most recent academic article is a history of crossing the road. He also writes poetry and children's poetry. He lives in Liverpool.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction: The infra-ordinaryp. 1
Bacon and eggs to gop. 9
Standing room onlyp. 22
A lifetime behind a deskp. 35
The word from the water coolerp. 48
Cashier number one, pleasep. 50
Dining al deskop. 72
The dread of the inboxp. 85
Puffing al frescop. 98
Any other business?p. 110
The ministry of sensible walksp. 124
Not just here for the beerp. 136
Your dinner is readyp. 149
Behind the sofap. 161
Please do not adjust your setp. 173
Watching the weatherp. 187
At the end of the dayp. 201
Afterword: Habits of the heartp. 214
Notesp. 221
Indexp. 259
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