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Thanks and Remerciments

As I’m sure you’re aware, this is the third issue of Journal of Mundane Behavior, meaning that we’ve completed our first full volume. For that, first and foremost, we have you, our loyal readership, to thank. Without your interest in …

A Pabulum on Art and The Everyday

Last Fall I taught an art seminar that was a required course for all art majors. The students were mostly freshmen but some were upper classmen who had not yet taken the course. On the first day of class, I …

(In)Decisive Moments: Photographing the Commonplace

From the beginning, the photograph has been a kind of paradox, existing simultaneously as both document (decisive evidence) and artifice (subtle deception or trickery). By acknowledging this dual nature, many contemporary artists, including myself, find that the photograph remains not …

The Gap in Being – Phenomenology Goes Shopping

Abstract: Numerous social theorists have analyzed consumer society as the result of schemes as grand as capitalist ideology or as lowly as marketing manipulation. What these analyses assume as a given is that shopping and consuming have a meaning, but …

Shame As The Master Emotion Of Everyday Life

Abstract: This article outlines a social psychology of the basic emotions in social relationships. In our theory, shame and pride are the emotional building blocks of interpersonal relations. But because there is so little empirical evidence about pride, we focus …

Mondex, Gambling, and the Fear of Money*

Abstract: Treating money as simultaneously the most rationalized and perhaps most mundane form of exchange, this essay draws upon the critical theory of Horkheimer, Adorno, and Benjamin in order to address two contemporary monetary phenomena: the effort by banks around …

Little Things Mean a Lot

Mothered by the same earth, dust and dirt have different fathers. Dust – finer and more discrete—belongs as much to air as to earth. Dirt – bigger and clumsier – is identified with soil. When wet, dirt reveals a closer …

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