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Impatient Accumulation, Immediate Consumption

Problems with Money and Hope in Central Kenya

Peter Lockwood

Iregi and Cash that they lack the money to experience them. Raha is a sign of a life well lived, and to simulate it is to simulate a life that is not one's own, since money is the facilitator of such conspicuous and enjoyable consumption. This

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The Concept of “Consumption” in School Textbooks during the Democratic Transition in Spain (1977–1982)

Mariano González-Delgado and Manuel Ferraz-Lorenzo

This article explains the approach to mass consumption developed in social studies textbooks in the early years of the transition to democracy in Spain. It begins by examining the way in which school textbooks represented consumer society and mass media in the late 1970s. This is followed by an in-depth explanation of the reasons that led the authors of these textbooks to choose one theoretical framework over another. Above all, this article emphasizes the complexity and variety of the historical materials used to represent consumer society, and how this process of social construction is reflected in the textbook content of the time.

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Overconsumption as Ideology

Implications for Addressing Global Climate Change

Diana Stuart, Ryan Gunderson, and Brian Petersen

terms of personal consumption. For example, a CNN article highlighted “what consumers can do,” listing changes in personal transportation (e.g., buy a hybrid car) and housing (e.g., buy a more efficient air conditioner), among others ( Mackintosh 2018

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Addressing the Irrational Drivers of the Climate Crisis

Surplus Repression and Destructive Production

Diana Stuart, Brian Petersen, and Ryan Gunderson

much fossil fuels, but the logic of our economic system—a system demanding never-ending economic growth, production, and consumption. Switching to 100 percent clean energy, Hickel states, would still lead us toward significant global warming as fossil

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“Tobacco! Tobacco!”

Exporting New Habits to Siberia and Russian America

Matthew P. Romaniello

While traveling along the coast of Kamchatka in 1787 and 1788, the French diplomat Jean-Baptiste-Barthélemy de Lesseps noted widespread tobacco consumption among the local population. Among the Koryaks, he observed that “all the inhabitants of

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Rethinking the class politics of boredom

Marguerite van den Berg and Bruce O’Neill

, the crisis-accelerated restructuring captured by “the posts” of postsocialism, postcolonialism, and post-Fordism requires a rethinking of the relationship between status, production, consumption, and the experience of excess free time. In cities across

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Miley, What’s Good?

Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, Instagram Reproductions, and Viral Memetic Violence

Aria S. Halliday

overall symbolic power of representation. Sparse representations of Black women and girls in the mass media make Minaj’s salience and appropriation that much more important to our understanding of the consumption of Black bodies in social media contexts in

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Financialization from the margins

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

Hadrien Saiag

, the incomes allowed them to maintain consumption standards slightly above their neighbors’ (they sent Natalia's older child to a low-cost private school, and they sometimes bought fine foods in one of Rosario's supermarkets). However, their fragile

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Sarah Pink

This article is concerned with the question of the ethnography of the invisible: multisensory research about domestic energy practices. In it I draw on existing and imagined research to outline an agenda for doing ethnography of domestic energy consumption practices. I will not be the first to use qualitative methods to research how people consume energy in their homes. Yet my aim is to further the methodological basis for such research by examining the implications of applying a theory of multisensoriality to understanding the co-constitution of the practices and places of domestic energy consumption.

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The Consumption of 'Touching' Images

Jojada Verrips

This article examines several mimetic manifestations of excessive ‘wildness’ in Western societies and cultures. It focuses on their appearance in novels, (horror)films, theatrical plays, ballets, operas, pop music, videogames, digital highways and the metaphysical funfair attraction Virtual Reality. The hypothesis is launched that one cannot properly understand the outburst of ‘wildness’ in these different genres without paying attention to the tabooization of touching others whom one wants to love or redress. Through the consumption of ‘wild’ products one remains in con-tact with an essential dimension of the self. Finally, it is argued one should systematically study the relation between ‘wild’ and‘civilized’ phenomena in order to avoid an overemphasis on our degree of civilization.