Analysis Of ' The Everyday Life Reader ' Essay

950 Words Sep 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Critical summary #1
Williams, Raymond. “Culture is ordinary.” The Everyday Life Reader. By Ben Highmore. New York: Routledge, 2002. 91-100. Print.
Williams begins his piece with a story about his childhood and growing up in Wales, using a rhetorical strategy that makes the piece seem more authentic and personal. From here, Williams provides us with his belief that culture is created from the bottom-up and that culture is forged from its’ members interacting. He debates that, society is created by “the finding of common meanings and directions, and its’ growth is an active debate and amendment under the pressures of experience, contact, and discovery.” (Pg. 93) Meaning, that the culture created in a society is from the sameness and likeness of the people that make up the society, nobody is feeding them information or creating their culture for them, they have their culture because it is their way of life. Williams then proceeds to bring up two ideas of culture, that he simply rejects. The first being the example of the tea shop in Cambridge. He brings up the point that bourgeois culture tries to give the notion that high culture is the only culture, he refutes this idea and says that it is only a ploy to create a power difference between the bourgeois and the proletariat. He states that he has encountered many examples fine art, being in the presence of “common folk”. Williams’ second rejected idea is the notion that culture is at the opposite ends of a spectrum, saying that…

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