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What happens when a Marxist feminist goes to the supermarket? Why is Michael Jackson the quintessential expression of commodity culture? In A Primer for Daily Life, Susan Willis puts everyday life and its artifacts at the center of her analysis of capitalist culture. Interrogating the meaning of such everyday items as children's toys, plastic packaging, banana sticker logos, and aerobics classes, Willis investigates the phenomena of modern culture and commodity fetishism. Grounded in Marxism and guided by feminism, A Primer for Daily Life aims to broaden the field of cultural criticism to embrace forms and practices not addressed by the media or media criticism. Willis demonstrates that the trivial is critical for an understanding of capitalist culture and encourages the development of a critical perspective on daily life.
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Susan Williams Gifford (born November 3, 1959) is a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
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