Homework: routine, social aesthetics and the ambiguity of everyday life

Highmore, Ben (2004) Homework: routine, social aesthetics and the ambiguity of everyday life. Cultural Studies, 18 (2-3). pp. 306-327. ISSN 0950-2386

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Routine is a central feature of everyday life, yet its peculiar rhythms, and the range of experiences associated with it, are often neglected within cultural studies and sociology. Simmel's attempt to provide a sociological aesthetics is seen as a project that needs reanimating for the study of everyday life routines. This does not mean, however, that Simmel is the only, or the best, guide to the aesthetic dimensions of everyday routine life. In an attempt to provide some co-ordinates for instigating a socio-aesthetic approach to routine, this paper discusses a number of writers who couple aesthetics and the everyday, and who might provide frameworks for the study of experiential aspects of routine life. It also suggests that an inverted reading of John Dewey could provide socio-aesthetic study with the 'formless' forms required to bring everyday background routines into the foreground. The socio-aesthetic study of cooking undertaken by Luce Giard provides an example of the complexity of such an approach. Lastly the article looks briefly at new directions for 'everyday life aesthetics', more specifically at Henri Lefebvre's unfinished project of rhythmanalysis.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Ben Highmore
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:51
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2012 15:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22530
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