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The Practice of Everyday Life by Michel de Certeau
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Nov 18, 2008

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The Practice of Everyday Life is a tribute to the ingenuity of the everyday person. It's a set of essays, and should be read this way (he seems to contradict himself - at time a structuralist and at other time a post-structuralist). He describe contemporary societies as transforming from verbal to visual. The ordinary (the ants, the weak) cope with their circumstances by being creative and circumventing the cards they are dealt. He believes people in everyday life don't follow scripts but they create something given the circumstances they are confronted, thus distinguishing himself from others (e.g. Goffman) who claim we're operating within scripts created by the culture.

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