Posts tagged with Consumerism

From A Position of Privilege…

September 20, 2012 by and tagged , ,

So, Amitai Etzioni, or someone from his Institute of Communautarian Policy Studies, sent me a link to this short video of the man himself. Go ahead, watch it. It’s about 8 minutes long: First of all, I wish more sociologists from different countries did this kind of things: short videos on topics relevant to their […]

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Book Review – Games of Empire

December 10, 2011 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter‘s Games of Empire – Global Capitalism and Video Games is a very interesting and well-written book that uses the conceptual apparatus laid out by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri (with a touch of Deleuze and Guattari thrown in for good measure) in Empire and Multitude and apply them to the […]

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The Visual Du Jour – World-System 101

September 2, 2011 by and tagged , ,

In one little cartoon:

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In Which Moral Entrepreneurs Should STFU

August 9, 2011 by and tagged , , , , , , , , ,

So, everybody seems to be discussing this: As Atrios notes, “BBC News keeps bringing people on to ask them why the rioting in London is happening, and when they try to answer the question and provide an explanation (with any validity or not, who knows) the newscasters chastise them for justifying the violence.” It is […]

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Zygmunt Bauman on The London Riots

August 9, 2011 by and tagged , , , ,

Here: “These are not hunger or bread riots. These are riots of defective and disqualified consumers. Revolutions are not staple products of social inequality; but minefields are. Minefields are areas filled with randomly scattered explosives: one can be pretty sure that some of them, some time, will explode – but one can’t say with any […]

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Economic Growth – Game Over

August 3, 2011 by and tagged , , , ,

A very smart video narrated by Richard Heinberg:

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Book Review – Fugitive Denim

July 27, 2011 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rachel Snyder’s Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade is an interesting book but boy would the author have benefited from a sit-down with a good editor who would have told her that it needed a tighter structure and line of thinking. I initially picked up […]

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Your [Big Chain Cardboard-Tasting] Pizza is Killing Farmers

November 27, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Via Mitch Wagner, you must read this (yes, fairly longish but well worth it) article on the global social and economic consequences of Big Pizza. I’ll extract just a few snippets: “But what if that large pie delivered to your doorstep costs more than you think? A number of economists, sociologists, and food scholars claim […]

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The Story of Electronics

November 21, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

Via DJ Academe, another great animated short video from Annie Leonard and the makers of The Story of Stuff, this time, The Story of Electronics:

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Habermas on Nasty Times in Germany

October 29, 2010 by and tagged , ,

Via Peter Levine, from the New York Times, it is not a big surprise for the social theorist who brought us the legitimation crisis to take note of the nasty times in his own country: “SINCE the end of August Germany has been roiled by waves of political turmoil over integration, multiculturalism and the role […]

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The Visual du Jour – Where Our Electronic Crap Goes

October 12, 2010 by and tagged , ,

It’s all fun and games to get a new smartphone every six months, but there is an environmental cost to that (plus the labor issue, of  course). Via Good,

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“Some” Revolution Will be Twittered and Facebooked – Snark Edition

October 12, 2010 by and tagged ,

Like my comrade-in-arms Todd Krohn, I am skeptical of the power of social networking sites to single-handedly push for progressive social change. But look Todd, things do too happen thanks to social networking sites, real change! “US clothes retailer Gap has scrapped a new logo just one week after its introduction following an “outpouring of […]

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Market Failures and Inefficiencies, Culture and Control

July 11, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , ,

A while back, Brooke Harrington, over at Economic Sociology, posted on how the best products do not always prevail on markets, using as example the Qwerty keyboard. It is a familiar story that, according to Harrington, economics is ill-equipped to explain, as opposed to economic sociology: “But these cases also showcase the value that economic […]

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Sociology of the World Cup

June 16, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

First, to put us all in the mood for this, here is Acoustic Alchemy, The Beautiful game: As the first games of the World Cup are being played, a lot has already been written about the social aspects of the competition itself that illustrate the fact that there is more to sport events than sport […]

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The Value of Nothing

June 1, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Shame on me for not having had the time to read Raj Patel‘s The Value of Nothing. I must say, the man is as funny as he informative. Here are a couple of videos anyway (below the fold because they auto-start and it’s annoying):

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