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Wal-Mart Goes To Germany

Culture, Institutions, and the Limits of Globalization

Matthias Kaelberer

Wal-Mart’s failed entry into the German retail market represents a fascinating puzzle for contemporary theories of globalization. The basic premise of theories of a globalizing international economy is that more efficient producers will drive out

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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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Susan Parman

Travel as a Western cultural practice is nowhere more clearly revealed than in the titles of travel books. Promising both danger and safety (the reader sets off into the unknown accompanied by a knowledgeable authority), travel book titles walk a delicate line between authenticity and caricature. How far away must we go to have crossed into the danger zone? (What exactly does it mean to say that we are going ‘nowhere’, as in Greater Nowheres, Miles from Nowhere, Forty Miles from Nowhere, and A Thousand Miles from Nowhere? If we go nowhere, doesn’t this mean that we’ve stayed home, as in ‘Where did you go?’/’Nowhere’, meaning ‘To the fridge, the bathroom, and Wal Mart’)? How do we get there? (What is the most authentic method of travelling to Nowhere – by camel, truck, motorcycle, ultralight, horse, yak, on foot?)

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Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?

Contrasting views from Chicago and Managua

Dennis Rodgers

Dubner, Levitt explicitly compares being a Black Disciples gang foot soldier with holding a job flipping burgers at McDonald’s or stocking shelves at Wal-Mart, two classic legal minimum-wage jobs, noting that the only major difference with drug dealing is

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Masculinity and Autonomous Vehicles

A Degendered or Resegregated Future System of Automobility?

Dag Balkmar and Ulf Mellström

’s Wal-Mart Economy (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008), 189; Agar, Independents Declared , 7; Nehls, Vägval: lastbilsförare i fjärrtrafik , 92. 66 Petersson McIntyre, Bara den inte blir rosa , 16, 27. 67 Balkmar and Lykke, Developing

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Neoliberalism, Hedonism and the Dying Public

Reclaiming Political Agency through the Exercise of Courage

Grant M. Sharratt and Erik Wisniewski

class. They have also produced immense concentrations of corporate power in energy, the media, pharmaceuticals, transportation, and even retailing (for example Wal-Mart)’. This new concentration of power makes the world a place of great opportunity for

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“Four Guys and a Hole in the Floor”

Racial Politics of Mobility and Excretion among BC-Based Long Haul Truckers

Amie McLean

(Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009), 105–125, here: 106. 46 Shane Hamilton, Trucking Country: The Road to America’s Wal-Mart Economy (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008), 108; Ouellet, Pedal to the Metal . 47 CVSE officers enforce

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Heritage or hate?

A pedagogical guide to the confederate flag in post-race America

Cameron D. Lippard

that displayed the confederate flag ( Siceloff 2015 ). Amazon and Wal-Mart pulled sales of the flag, even though sales spiked across the U.S. ( Stout 2015 ). In addition, several citizens began displaying flags to demonstrate solidarity across the U