Aesthetics of the Familiar: Everyday Life and World-Making by Yuriko SaitoAesthetics of the Familiar: Everyday Life and World-Making by Yuriko Saito

Aesthetics of the Familiar: Everyday Life and World-Making

byYuriko Saito

Hardcover | August 12, 2017

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Yuriko Saito explores the nature and significance of the aesthetic dimensions of people's everyday life. Everyday aesthetics has the recognized value of enriching one's life experiences and sharpening one's attentiveness and sensibility. Saito draws out its broader importance for how we makeour worlds, environmentally, morally, as citizens and consumers. Saito urges that we have a social responsibility to encourage cultivation of aesthetic literacy and vigilance against aesthetic manipulation. Yuriko Saito argues that ultimately, everyday aesthetics can be an effective instrument fordirecting the humanity's collective and cumulative world-making project for the betterment of all its inhabitants.Everyday aesthetics has been seen as a challenge to contemporary Anglo-American aesthetics discourse, which is dominated by the discussion of art and beauty. Saito responds to controversies about the nature, boundary, and status of everyday aesthetics and argues for its legitimacy. She highlightsthe multi-faceted aesthetic dimensions of everyday life that are not fully accounted for by the commonly-held account of defamiliarizing the familiar.
Yuriko Saito, born and raised in Japan, is Professor of Philosophy at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States. She has written and lectured widely on everyday aesthetics, environmental aesthetics, and Japanese aesthetics. Her Everyday Aesthetics was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. In addition to serving as ...
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Title:Aesthetics of the Familiar: Everyday Life and World-MakingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:August 12, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199672103

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Concepts: Everyday Aesthetics as an Essentially Contested Field1. The Aesthetics of the Ordinary and Familiar2. Challenges and Responses to Everyday AestheticsPart II. Cases: From Sky to Earth3. The Aesthetics of Emptiness: Sky Art4. The Aesthetics of Wind Farms5. The Aesthetics of LaundryPart III. Consequences: Everyday Aesthetics and World-Making6. Consequences of Everyday Aesthetics7. The Power of Everyday Aesthetics in World-MakingConclusion