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Neither use nor ornament

A cultural biography of clutter and procrastination

By Tracey Potts

Neither use nor ornament
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  • ISBN: 9781526173928
  • Publish Date: Jun 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526173911
  • Publish Date: Jun 2024
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    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7392-8
    • Pages: 280
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: June 2024

    Description

    Neither use nor ornament is a book about personal productivity, narrated from the perspective of its obstacles: clutter and procrastination. It offers a challenge to the self-help promise of a clutter-free life, lived in a permanent state of efficiency and flow.

    The book reveals how contemporary projections of the good, productive life rely on images of failure. Riffing on the aphorism 'less is more' - a dominant refrain in present day productivity advice - it tells stories about streamlining, efficiency and tidiness over a time period of around 100 years.

    By focusing on the shadows of productivity advice, Neither use nor ornament seeks to unravel the moral narratives that hold individuals to account for their inefficiencies and muddles.

    Contents

    Prologue
    Introduction
    1 Theorising the 'outside', aka, the social
    2 'Less is more': European modernism and its 'zoos of agencies'
    3 'More with less': form, function and American modernism
    4 'The more of less': clutter, ecology and the new minimalism
    5 'Be more with less': life hacking, procrastination and everyday rhythm
    Conclusion
    Index

    Author

    Tracey Potts is Assistant Professor of Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham

    Neither use nor ornament

    By Tracey Potts

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