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Highmore, Ben 1961-

Works: 35 works in 194 publications in 3 languages and 5,908 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator
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Most widely held works by Ben Highmore
Everyday life and cultural theory : an introduction by Ben Highmore( Book )

29 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everyday Life and Cultural Theory provides a unique critical and historical introduction to theories of everyday life. Ben Highmore traces the development of conceptions of everyday life, from the Mass Observation project of the 1930s to contemporary theorists. Individual chapters examine: theories of the everyday; fragments of everyday life, Surrealism: the marvelous in the everyday; Walter Benjamin's Trash Aesthetics; mass Observation: the science of everyday life; Henri Lefebvre's Dialectics of Everyday Life; Michel de Certeau's Poetics of Everyday Life; and everyday life and the future of cultural studies
The everyday life reader( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Everyday Life Reader brings together a wide range of thinkers from Freud to Baudrillard with primary sources on everyday life such as the Mass Observation survey and key texts by Michel de Certeau and Henri Lefebvre, to provide a comprehensive resource on theories of everyday life. Ben Highmore's introduction surveys the development of thought about everyday life, setting theories in their social and historical context, and each themed section opens with an essay introducing the debates."--Book cover
Cityscapes : cultural readings in the material and symbolic city by Ben Highmore( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The modern city has many dimensions, both physical and imaginative. This book offers an innovative approach to exploring its complexity by focusing on the varied and often conflicting rhythms of urban life
The design culture reader by Ben Highmore( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ordinary lives : studies in the everyday by Ben Highmore( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<STRONG>Ben Highmore's Ordinary Lives is a groundbreaking intervention into the burgeoning field of everyday life studies. It takes contemporary cultural studies into some exciting new critical directions ... Highmore's book is digressive but always coherent, deeply personal but always scholarly, entertaining and evocative but always rigorous and thought-provoking</STRONG> - Joe Moran, Reader in Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University, UK This new study from Ben Highmore looks at the seemingly banal world of objects, work, daily media, and food, and finds there a scintillating array of passionate experience. Through a series of case studies, and building on his previous work on the everyday, Highmore examines our relationship to familiar objects (a favourite chair), repetitive work (housework, typing), media (distracted television viewing and radio listening) and food (specifically the food of multicultural Britain). A chair allows him to consider the history of flat-pack furniture as well as the lively presence of inorganic 'stuff' in our daily lives. Distracted television watching and radio listening becomes one of the preconditions for experiencing wonder through the media. Ordinary Lives links the concrete study of routine existence to theoretical reflection on everyday life. The book discusses philosophers such as Jacques Rancière, William James and David Hume and combines them with autobiographical testimonies, historical research and the analysis of popular culture to investigate the minutiae of day-to-day life. Highmore argues that aesthetic experience is embedded in the mundane sensory world of everyday life. He asks the reader to reconsider the negative associations of habit and routine, focusing specifically on the intrinsic ambiguity of habit (habit, we find out, is both rigid and adaptive). Rather than ask 'what does everyday life mean?' this book asks 'what does everyday life feel like and how do our sensual, emotional and temporal experiences interconnect and intersect?' Ordinary Lives is an accessible, animated and engaging book that is ideally suited to both students and researchers working in cultural studies, media and communication and sociology
On Kawara -- silence by Jeffrey S Weiss( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This exhibition marks the first full museum overview of the work produced by On Kawara after1963. It has been organized in close collaboration with the artist, who proposed most of the sections that comprise the final structure of the show ..."
Michel de Certeau : analysing culture by Ben Highmore( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michel de Certeau is becoming increasingly recognised as a cultural theorist whose methodologies could rival those of Foucault. His seminal work, The Practice of Everyday Life, is now one of the most cited works in Sociology, Geography and Cultural Studies. In this engaging book, Ben Highmore provides a stimulating account of Michel de Certeau's work and its relation to the field of cultural studies. The book explores those aspects of de Certeau's work that both challenge and re-imagine cultural studies, highlighting the potential this work has for supplying a critical epistemology and a practical ethics for the study of culture within the arts and humanities more generally. By tracing insistent themes across the corpus of de Certeau's writing, the book engages with questions of ethnography, cultural policy, and the psychoanalysis of culture, and brings his writing into productive contact with a range of contexts that are both local (French intellectual and social history) and global (Anglophone cultural studies, Subaltern Studies, Post-colonialism)."--Book cover
A passion for cultural studies by Ben Highmore( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The culture that infiltrates our lives can provoke a range of feelings and afflictions - culture can move you, get under your skin and stir up your emotions. Ben Highmore uses these feelings, or 'passions', to explore the culture that surrounds us and uses it as a basis to introduce and explain the key ideas, debates and theories that are central to cultural studies. Impressively accessible and packed with absorbing examples from everyday life, this compact book is the ideal entry-point into cultural studies. The chapters examine problematic and complex issues that are core to cultural studies, looking at the experience of migration, the nature of the media, the lure of commodities, the world of taste and the culture of love. Cleverly written in a way that's easy to follow and enjoyable to read, the text gives a sense of the discipline as a way of thinking rather than an amalgamation of theories, and whets the appetite of all those interested in cultural studies. Whether you're a student who's new to the field, or a seasoned scholar seeking a fresh idea about what cultural studies can do, this clear and concise text encourages you to become truly passionate about cultural studies. -- Back cover
Culture by Ben Highmore( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What are the qualities and properties that make something cultural? What does claiming something as cultural allow us to do? Culture offers students a workable understanding of the category 'culture' and explores how the realm of the 'cultural' can be practically explored as a way of understanding the world. Ben Highmore provides a clear and robust defence of the productivity of cultural analysis in a media saturated world, while also instilling a sense of modesty in qualifying what can and can't be accomplished in the name of cultural analysis. With extensive examples and case studies throughout, the book demonstrates both the productivity and the limitations in orientating analysis to the cultural. A thought-provoking and engaging examination, Culture is an ideal introductory text for students of media and cultural studies
The art of brutalism : rescuing hope from catastrophe in 1950s Britain by Ben Highmore( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While most famously associated with numerous mid-century architects, Brutalism was a style of visual art that was also adopted by painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Taking into account Brutalist work by eminent artists such as Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, as well as lesser-known practitioners like Nigel Henderson and Magda Cordell, this volume focuses on a ten-year period between 1952 and 1962 when artists refused a programmatic set of aesthetics and began experimenting with images that had no set focal point, using non-traditional materials like bombsite debris in their work, and producing objects that were characterized by wit and energy along with anxiety, trauma, and melancholia. This original study offers insights into how Brutalism enabled British artists of the mid-20th century to respond ethically and aesthetically to the challenges posed by the rise of consumer culture and unbridled technological progress
The great indoors : at home in the modern British house by Ben Highmore( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'House' has long been synonymous with 'home': the significance of four walls and a roof lies far deeper than simply shelter from the elements. A house stands for sanctuary, family, belonging, privacy and our pasts. This is a field guide to the private life of the family home in the twentieth century: a social, cultural and personal history
Everyday life : critical concepts in media and cultural studies( Book )

26 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural feelings : mood, mediation and cultural politics by Ben Highmore( Book )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At home in the modern British house by Ben Highmore( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben Highmore shows how the British family house has been transformed since the start of the twentieth century. He offers an engaging and stimulating peek through the curtains to explain why the fridge is used as a communication centre, how the loo (or toilet) inspired its very own literary genre and what your furniture arrangement reveals about how you function as a family
Food on the move( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mood work( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alltag( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Hamilton at the 'Ideal Home Exhibition' of 1958 : 'Gallery for a Collector of Brutalist and Tachiste Art' by Ben Highmore( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turning spatial by Ben Highmore( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rough poetry : "Patio" and "Pavilion" revisited by Ben Highmore( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Everyday life and cultural theory : an introduction
English (174)

Chinese (3)

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The everyday life readerCityscapes : cultural readings in the material and symbolic cityThe design culture readerOrdinary lives : studies in the everydayMichel de Certeau : analysing cultureA passion for cultural studies