Tag Archives: consumption

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 / Tumb

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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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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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