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Everyday Life, Social Pathologies and Social Aesthetics

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On the theoretical assumption that social pathologies are immanent related to the capitalist formation of society, the focus of this chapter is to render damaged life visible as it reveals itself within contemporary culture and everyday life. Related to the ongoing process of globalization and the expansion of (Western) culture industry, the reconciliation of the general and the particular seems to increase in everyday life, mirroring the flawless perfection of a shopping-mall atmosphere. However, the sham world of perfection fails to eliminate the perception of societal power relations and violence being inevitable related to capitalist society and the aestheticized world of commodification. By the means of a critical concept of social aesthetics, bourgeois-coldness is to be revealed in the mundane. Confronting (Western) bourgeois aesthetics with the concepts of “everyday aesthetics” (Saito), the Japanese understanding of “Ajiwau” (Miyahara) and Adorno’s “aesthetic theory”, the aim of this contribution is to make the contradiction of precise that perfection “visible”. The “uneasiness” produced by the contemporary brave new (aesthetic) world indicates fissures and cracks in the surface of the perfect life. These fissures and cracks are to serve as “the splinter in the eye”.
TitelTalking Alienation
RedaktørerVessela Misheva, Humberto Fernandes, Dirk Michel-Schertges
StatusUnder udarbejdelse - 2023

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