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date: 15 June 2024


A Dictionary of Critical Theory

Ian Buchanan

A code word in *Cultural Studies for what people do in the course of their *everyday life. Such activities as dating, shopping, walking, watching TV, and the like are generally regarded as examples of practices. Although the term is somewhat out of fashion nowadays, the twofold impetus behind its coinage remains current: on the one hand, the term is used to defend the position that there is no aspect of culture (no matter how banal) that is not significant and therefore worthy of critical attention; on the other hand, it is used as a tacit critique or indeed rejection of the central plank of both psychology and ... ...

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