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
Culture, Institutions, and the Limits of Globalization
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.
A Harrowing True Mysterious Pilgrimage Travel Adventure on the Road Less Travelled (by Bike/Camel/Motorcycle/Ultralight) into the Heart of a Dark Lost Island as Told by the Sole Survivor of a Zen Odyssey among Jaguars, Serpents, and Savages
Travel as Western Cultural Practice Revealed by the Titles of Travel Books
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?)
Contrasting views from Chicago and Managua
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
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
Racial Politics of Mobility and Excretion among BC-Based Long Haul Truckers
(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
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