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Reading Production and Culture

UK Teen Girl Comics from 1955 to 1960

Joan Ormrod

, I use the ideas of Andrew Wernick (1991) who notes that much promotion focuses on a name whether it is the star, a director, a writer, or a product, to sell a commodity. Stardom, like pop music, is based on consumerism in what he describes as the

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Jane Collins

This article explores dominant ideological framings of the economic crisis that began in 2008, by examining shifting meanings of consumer citizenship in the US. The consumer citizen was a central figure in Keynesian ideology—one that encapsulated important assumptions about the proper relationship between production and consumption and the appropriate arenas for citizen engagement with the economy. Taking Wal-Mart as a case-study example, the article analyzes the way that corporate actors have flattened and reconfigured the concept of consumer citizenship in the US—promoting the “consumer” over the “citizen” and the “worker,” which had previously been important aspects of the concept—and have replaced Keynesian-era conversations about the proper balance between production and consumption with a rhetoric of choice between low prices and high wages.

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Violence, Global Unrest and Advanced Capitalism

(And Why Wile E. Coyote Never Catches Roadrunner)

Daniel Briggs

Over the last five years or so, we have witnessed increasing forms of violence and unrest across the world. In the media, these depictions are presented as actions of resistance to oppressive regimes and corrupt politics, yet are, at the same time, deliberately detached from a global politik which is collapsing in numerous ways: the manifestations evident in market instability, and increasing austerity, unemployment and social inequality; a sign perhaps that the orgy of globalisation is reaching its climax. Some of all this was reflected in what we saw across English cities during the summer of 2011 and in this article, I discuss these riots and why they might have happened and the State response. Perhaps more importantly, I show how they should be reconsidered alongside other forms of violence and dissatisfaction against oppressive regimes and corrupt politics as a collective response to a global system on the brink of collapse as a result of its never-ending pursuit of rampant profit at the expense of millions of people. I relate this fruitless quest of profit to Wile E. Coyote’s incessant pursuit of Roadrunner.

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Financialization from the margins

Notes on the incorporation of Argentina's subproletariat into consumer credit (2009–2015)

Hadrien Saiag

exploited and alienated through consumer credit. I expected Kevin to be enthusiastic by the idea, since it was based on his experience. To my surprise, I realized he was very uncomfortable with the topic. He stopped me, saying, “Credit cards by themselves

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Melanie Kennedy and Natalie Coulter

crystallized in this image of ideal tweenhood, this moment of liminal girlhood. This ideal tween is white—unambiguously white with blonde curls—with a confident smile, embedded in consumer culture. She is an icon of the nation, bound up, in this case, with the

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Affective Solidarities?

Participating in and Witnessing Fair Trade and Women’s Empowerment in Transnational Communities of Practice

Debarati Sen

consumer-citizens in the global North to demonstrate their affective solidarity with producers in the global South by visiting certified production sites to participate in and witness the effects of fair trade on worker’s livelihoods. Their acts of

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Commitment, Convergence, Alterity

Muslim-Christian Comparison and the Politics of Distinction in the Netherlands

Daan Beekers

same (urban) landscapes characterized by cultural pluralism and consumer capitalism. These shared conditions constitute the common quality that allows for a productive analysis of these religious subjects in a single comparative framework. I have, more

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Sami Schalk

—makes an analysis of ablenationalism in the brand vitally important to our understandings of disability and girlhood. Previous scholarship on American Girl argues that the brand romanticizes and sanitizes history while encouraging consumerism ( Brady 1997

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“Your debts are our problem”

The politicization of debt in Azerbaijan

Tristam Barrett

consumer loans to 3.5 million recipients, almost 80 percent of the employed population ( Salmanov 2014 ). In a press article, journalist Hüquq Salmanov (2014) denounced the aggressive lending practices of banks, which were offering unsecured loans of

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Paula MacDowell

towards empowered transformation beyond preconceived notions of girls as apolitical, conformists, or consumers? Method To ground my approach to studying with child participants as coresearchers, I developed the Tween Empowerment & Advocacy Methodology