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Identity and Everyday Life
Essays in the Study of Folklore, Music and Popular Culture
Harris M. Berger, Giovanna P. Del Negro


2004 • 212 pp. 6 1/4 x 9 1/4"
Cultural Studies / Music / Folklore

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6687-4

A critical examination of core issues in social and cultural theory.

The notion of “everyday life” is ubiquitous in the contemporary intellectual scene. While scholars frequently use this concept to signal a romantic return to the “common people,” Berger and Del Negro are among the first to subject the term to theoretical scrutiny. This book explores how everyday life has been used in three intellectual traditions (American folklore, British cultural studies and French everyday life theory) and suggests a program for revitalizing anti-elitist approaches to culture.

The book draws on studies of performance from around the globe, including the authors’ work on heavy metal in the U.S. and the Italian passeggiata (ritual promenade), to explore the term “identity.” Moving beyond truisms that depict performance as a medium for the loss of self or folklore as means of expressing identity, the authors explore the interplay of culture and agency in performance to illuminate the complex dynamics of reflexivity, identity and self. This book will speak to anyone interested in power and aesthetics in performance.

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Reviews / Endorsements

Identity and Everyday Life is a wonderful work—well-written, theoretically sophisticated, well-researched and entertaining. It ranks with the best scholarship in folklore.” —Deborah A. Kapchan, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

“Thorough and impressive. One of the book’s real virtues is its consideration of complex philosophical issues in accessible language. I expect widespread use in folklore, anthropology and cognitive studies.”—Amy Shuman, Director of the Center for Folklore Studies, The Ohio State University

HARRIS M. BERGER is Associate Professor of Music at Texas A&M University and author of Metal, Rock and Jazz (Wesleyan, 1999). GIOVANNA P. DEL NEGRO is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Her book on the Italian passeggiata, popular culture, and the performance of modernity will be published later this year.

Tue, 15 May 2018 12:58:25 -0500