Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226313672 Published February 1994
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226313689 Published December 1996

Inside Culture

Art and Class in the American Home

David Halle

Inside Culture
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David Halle

278 pages | 66 halftones, 5 maps, 28 line drawings, 25 tables | 6-5/8 x 9-3/8 | © 1993
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226313672 Published February 1994
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226313689 Published December 1996
Dubbed as "You Are What You Hang (or Don't)" by the New York
Times, Inside Culture takes us on a tour of 160 homes in and
around New York City, from affluent townhouses on Manhattan's Upper East
Side and rowhouses in blue-collar Brooklyn to middle and upper-class
suburbs of Long Island. The result is an unprecedented portrait of the
use of cultural artifacts—fine art, photographs, religious art—in
private lives.

"This is a first-class addition to what we know about culture in the
specific rather than the abstract."—Howard S. Becker, Contemporary
Sociology

"This book is well worth reading, especially in your own home."—Eugene
Halton, American Journal of Sociology

"David Halle's researches earned him a license amateur voyeurs would
kill for. . . . Refreshing for readers outside his discipline."—Peter
Campbell, London Review of Books

"[This book] tells us interesting things about ourselves. . . . It
affords us a birds-eye view of American culture from which we can see .
. . unsuspected patterns of tastes and acquisitions."—James Gardner,
Washington Times

"[A] voyeuristic thrill. . . . Lucid and entertaining. . . . A
fascinating book that will open the eyes of anyone who's ever glibly
said about art, 'I know what I like.' After reading Inside
Culture, they'll also know a little bit more about why."—Maureen
Corrigan, New York Observer
Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1: The House and Its Context
2: Empty Terrain: The Vision of the Landscape in the Residences of Contemporary Americans
3: Portraits and Family Photographs: From the Promotion to the Submersion of Self
4: Abstract Art
5: "Primitive" Art
6: The Truncated Madonna and Other Modern Catholic Iconography
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Index
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