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Commercialization and the Far Right: Consuming and Constituting Extremism

by Cynthia Miller-Idriss* Advertisers and marketers have long known that brands and commercial products are deeply intertwined with individuals’ identities. But with few exceptions, mainstream social scientists have been slow to acknowledge that economic objects can have constitutive power for … Continue reading

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Being the 1%, or What It Means to Be Entitled

by Rachel Sherman*  Most contemporary research on economic inequality focuses on the causes, contours, and consequences of unequal distributions of resources. But how they do such distributions become legitimate? Why do people accept them, and even take them for granted? Why … Continue reading

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The Waste of the Progress

The Waste of the Progress While shelf life gets shorter and fashions rotate, Consumption is a skipping rope to leap over a payroll date. Acquire your duds, use and throw them away… The Progress rolls down a slope anyway.   … Continue reading

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Fictionalizing the Economy and Reviewing Imagined Futures of Capitalism

by Lars Crusefalk* In the book Imagined Futures – Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics, a leading economic sociologist Jens Beckert argues that social scientists need to put more emphasis on how actors in modern capitalistic societies handle uncertainty in relation to … Continue reading

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“I listen to money singing… It is intensely sad.”

  “Money”, by  Philip Larkin  Quarterly, is it, money reproaches me: ‘Why do you let me lie here wastefully? I am all you never had of goods and sex. You could get them still by writing a few cheques.’ So … Continue reading

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I shop therefore I am

“I shop therefore I am“                  A work by Barbara Kruger (1987), whose art was influenced by writings of              Walter Benjamin and Pierre Bourdieu.

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Happy Valentine’s day, consumers! ;-)

Being dominated by a merciless power-seeking wealthy financier – that’s not “Fifty Shades of Grey” story — this is Neoliberalism.  *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr

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You, George Soros and Zizek’s “Cultural Capitalism”: We all BUY our redemption from being only consumerists

In this 10 minute discerning and animated talk, the audio in which is complemented by a visually stunning cartoon, a philosopher Slavoj Zizek discusses how ethics and charity have been co-opted by capitalism, and why this is problematic and amoral. … Continue reading

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Black Friday + Conspicuous consumption (Thorstein Veblen) = “Happiness”

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Jerry ‪Seinfeld‬ on ‪consumerism‬, ‪advertising‬ and ‪culture‬ of ‪consumption‬ :-)

Jerry Seinfeld: “I love advertising because I love lying… I think spending your life trying to dupe innocent people out of hard-won earnings to buy useless, low-quality, misrepresented items and services is an excellent use of your energy.” (4 min … 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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“Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude” pulls together case studies on emerging lifestyles that balance ‪consumption‬ with the ‪environment‬

Many of today’s most troubling environmental and economic issues have come to seem insoluble: ‪‎carbon‬ emissions, overshoot, ‪‎inequality‬, ‪‎joblessness‬, and a dysfunctional food system. Can we change direction, move away from business as usual, and achieve a more sustainable, empowering, … Continue reading

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In “Politics and Culture in an Age of Austerity” Amitai Etzioni argues that human contentment is perhaps best found outside of the high-growth, high-consumption paradigm

The Great Recession forced many people around to cut back on consumption and is one reason that drives the rise of right-wing forces. One response to the downturn has been a call for a return to high-level growth and consumption of goods. By contrast, … Continue reading

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Constructing Markets for Credit Cards in Postcommunist Countries and demolishing myths about markets, money and globalization

In countries without a history of economic stability, how can banks decide who should be given a credit card? How do markets convince people to use cards, make their transactions visible to authorities, assume the potential risk of fraud, and … Continue reading

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Theory in Pictures: Consumption / Demand in Economics

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