Historicizing Lifestyle: Mediating Taste, Consumption and Identity from the 1900s to 1970s (Hardback)

by David Bell, Joanne Hollows

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Lifestyles have a history, and lifestyle media is fundamentally implicated in this history. This original volume examines issues of taste, media and lifestyle from the 1900s to 1970s, providing a wealth of empirical evidence and key debate from a variety of international perspectives. Including examples as diverse as "Good Housekeeping" and "Playboy", it explores the continuities and discontinuities between the past and present to provide a better understanding about the representation of lifestyle and its relationship to the self. The volume demonstrates how ideas about gender, nation and 'race' problematize the taken-for-granted assumptions about lifestyle, with particular emphasis on the new middle classes in the US. The book also looks at the role of advertising and marketing in mediating ideas about lifestyle, and the role of material culture in the construction of cultural hierarchies and the positioning of social groups within wider cartographies of taste. The volume makes a significant contribution to this growing field, and is of interest to academics and students in media and cultural studies, communication studies, cultural history, and sociology.

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