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C. Wright Mills on the Personality Market

White Collar: The American Middle Classes is a pioneering and major study of the American middle class by a prominent sociologist C. Wright Mills, published in 1951. In this book Mills analyzes various aspects of the forming of a new … Continue reading

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Christmas and conspicuous consumption: “People want something that shows money”

The commercialization of Christmas in the light of — and in the wake of — industrial capitalism in the UK and US during the 19th century– is a very interesting subject matter. (At the end of this post I added two links to … Continue reading

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Political economy of Ebola — one picture and two articles

— “Drug companies’ refusal to invest in research [of Ebola] and the conditions on the ground created by neoliberal policies that exacerbate and even encourage outbreaks goes unmentioned. […] Ebola is a problem that is not being solved because there is almost … Continue reading

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Slavoj Žižek: Why our guilt about consumption is all-consuming?

Slavoj Žižek: “One should introduce the distinction between pleasure and enjoyment elaborated by the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan: what Lacan calls jouissance (enjoyment) is a deadly excess beyond pleasure, which is by definition moderate. We thus have two extremes: on the one … Continue reading

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Art today is defined by its relationship to money as never before. Artists no longer simply make art, but package, sell, and brand it

Conventional boundaries within the art world have collapsed, and artists now think ever more strategically about how to advance their careers. In Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market (free access to Introduction) Noah Horowitz thoroughly exposes … Continue reading

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Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine

Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine is an excellent award-winning book that systematically examine why academic science made such a dramatic move toward the market. Drawing on extensive historical research, Elizabeth Popp Berman shows how the government–influenced … Continue reading

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Capitalism Takes Command: the Social Transformation of 19th Century America

A new volume of multidisciplinary essays Capitalism Takes Command, edited by Michael Zakim and Gary J. Kornblith, presents a history of family farming, general incorporation laws, mortgage payments, inheritance practices, office systems, and risk management—an inventory of the means by which capitalism became … Continue reading

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