Lifestyle Media in American Culture: Gender, Class, and the Politics of Ordinariness

1st Edition

Maureen E. Ryan

Published February 12, 2018
Reference - 216 Pages - 16 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138206465 - CAT# Y289664
Series: Routledge Research in Gender, Sexuality, and Media

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This book explores the emergence of "lifestyle" in the US, first as a term that has become an organizing principle for the self and for the structure of everyday life, and later as a pervasive form of media that encompasses a variety of domestic and self-improvement genres, from newspaper columns to design blogs. Drawing on the methodologies of cultural studies and feminist media studies, and built upon a series of case studies from newspapers, books, television programs, and blogs, it tracks the emergence of lifestyle’s discursive formation and shows its relevance in contemporary media culture. It is, in the broadest sense, about the role played by the explosion of lifestyle media texts in changing conceptualizations of selfhood and domestic life.

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