Inside Culture Art and Class in the American Home

ISBN-10: 0226313689
ISBN-13: 9780226313689
Edition: 1996
Authors: David Halle
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Description: Dubbed as "You Are What You Hang (or Don't)" by theNew YorkTimes,Inside Culturetakes us on a tour of 160 homes in and around New York City, from affluent townhouses on Manhattan's Upper East Side and rowhouses in blue-collar Brooklyn to middle and  More...

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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Dubbed as "You Are What You Hang (or Don't)" by theNew YorkTimes,Inside Culturetakes us on a tour of 160 homes in and around New York City, from affluent townhouses on Manhattan's Upper East Side and rowhouses in blue-collar Brooklyn to middle and upper-class suburbs of Long Island. The result is an unprecedented portrait of the use of cultural artifacts—fine art, photographs, religious art—in private lives."This is a first-class addition to what we know about culture in the specific rather than the abstract."—Howard S. Becker,ContemporarySociology"This book is well worth reading, especially in your own home."—Eugene Halton,American Journal of Sociology"David Halle's researches earned him a license amateur voyeurs would kill for. . . . Refreshing for readers outside his discipline."—Peter Campbell,London Review of Books"[This book] tells us interesting things about ourselves. . . . It affords us a birds-eye view of American culture from which we can see . . . unsuspected patterns of tastes and acquisitions."—James Gardner,Washington Times"[A] voyeuristic thrill. . . . Lucid and entertaining. . . . A fascinating book that will open the eyes of anyone who's ever glibly said about art, 'I know what I like.' After readingInsideCulture,they'll also know a little bit more about why."—Maureen Corrigan,New York Observer

David Halleis professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director ofthe summer travel program, UCLA in New York: Cities and Cultures. He is also an adjunct professor at the City University of New York's Graduate Center and School of Professional Studies and the author ofAmerica's Working ManandInside Culture, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The House and Its Context
Empty Terrain: The Vision of the Landscape in the Residences of Contemporary Americans
Portraits and Family Photographs: From the Promotion to the Submersion of Self
Abstract Art
"Primitive" Art
The Truncated Madonna and Other Modern Catholic Iconography
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Index

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