This chapter outlines the purpose of the book. Specifically how it aims to engage with the idea of ‘scenes’ in more detail, by: 1) examining the different types of scene that exist, along with related concepts such as authenticity and the ‘really’ real; 2) exploring why scenes operate to spread ideas and knowledge; and 3) considering the types of social function scenes serve. Importantly that it also analyzes the fragility of scenes and why they can often become subsumed by normality, and so why the previously vibrant difference that scenes represent can ultimately become part of our everyday expectations or actions. It also analyzes the semiotic framework that underpins the analysis; in particular the work and concepts of Eco and Baudrillard are also explored in detail.


Baudrillard Eco normality replication scenes scenic types semiotics 


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  • Chris Brown
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  1. 1.UCLUK

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