Everyday culture

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With everyday culture are customs , habits and objects of everyday life that are not considered culture within the meaning of visual art , music and literature in the interpretation by a defining elite ( high culture are perceived), respectively. Colloquially, there is also talk of mass culture .

Classification and use

Research into everyday culture is a central theme in folklore , sociology , cultural and media studies .

The term received a lot of attention in the 1960s in the context of semiotic , structuralist , sociological and philosophical debates, particularly through Roland Barthes . Objects of everyday cultural studies include: cinema , television , cars , bicycle culture , food culture , fashion , design , advertising , sport , objects of everyday use . Such topics or objects of everyday culture were read by Barthes as texts that have a surface and a deep structure, ie similar to literary texts that can be coded and interpreted .

A contemporary everyday culture is pop culture . As pop culture's power of definition grew, the dichotomy “everyday culture | High culture ”is also called into question in public opinion .

Everyday culture is also a theme in ethnographic museums and design museums.

In the area of international law and international cooperation, the UNESCO Convention for the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage deals with the subjects of living everyday culture, knowledge and skills of mankind.

See also

Portal: Everyday Culture  - Overview of Wikipedia content on the topic of everyday culture


  • [?] Gebhardt: Entertainment and sociability in socialism. Conversation with Siegfried Wagner, deputy minister for culture and chairman of the committee for entertainment arts . In: Ernst Günther, Heinz P. Hofmann, Walter Rösler (eds.): Cassette. An almanac for the stage, podium and ring (=  cassette ). No. 3 . Henschelverlag Art and Society, Berlin 1979, p. 141-152 .
  • Wolfgang Kaschuba, Thomas Scholze, Leonore Scholze-Irrlitz: Everyday culture in upheaval. Böhlau, Weimar, Cologne, Vienna 1996, ISBN 3-412-06596-X
  • Günter Wiegelmann (Ed.): History of everyday culture . 1980 ( full text as PDF )

Web links

Wiktionary: Everyday culture  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

References and comments

  1. Everyday culture since 1945 - project of the Upper Austrian State Museum
  2. Everyday culture of the 50s in miniature format - virtual dollhouse museum of the 50s
  3. ^ Museum for everyday village culture by Gunter Altenkirch
  4. Everyday culture of the 50s and 60s in the economic miracle museum
  5. Everyday cultures in the Rhineland of the Rhineland Regional Council (LVR)
  6. UNESCO Convention for the Conservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage