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L’Invention du Quotidien (The Practice of Everyday Life)

Publisher

Union Générale d’Editions, Paris, 1980; translated by Steven Rendall, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984

Language

French, English

Everyday practice, de Certeau asserts, is a “multifarious and silent ‘reserve’ of procedures”—a repository of tactics through which the individual is able to reclaim autonomy in the city. He contrasts this with strategies, that is “force-relationships” imposed by institutional structures of power. His investigation of seemingly ordinary everyday activities reveals them to be canny procedures and surprising ruses. These activities span the practice of reading, rituals and routines, the art of cooking, and perhaps most saliently, activities such as walking, which reorder urban space.

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