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boundary 2 (2022) 49 (2): 295–313.
Published: 01 May 2022
... to those undertaking the ritual and specialize in paper goods of various sorts destined for the consumption of the denizens of the underworld. As capitalism and in particular the advertising of, trade in, and desire for luxury commodities have become increasingly commonplace—and as wealth has greatly...
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boundary 2 (2019) 46 (3): 181–198.
Published: 01 August 2019
... for humanistic disciplines to address the global commons created by runaway consumption and environmental deterioration. In drawing on the visual images of photographer-artist Shimpei Takeda and the ecocritical work of Timothy Clark, this essay suggests how Miyoshi’s appeal for a new analytical approach...
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boundary 2 (2009) 36 (2): 67–97.
Published: 01 May 2009
... the “sweatshop sublime” and to popular notions of ethical consumption and argue that Gibson's coolhunter is a modified type of ethical consumer, a person able to map economic systems onto personal meanings as meanings, translating the behavior of the market not into a more just price point at the mall...
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boundary 2 (2011) 38 (1): 101–134.
Published: 01 February 2011
... consumption-oriented discourse. However, the authors argue that in contrast to liberal capitalist societies, where commercial culture tends to devalue the existing democracy, in China commercial culture replaces a Leninist public sphere in which individuals were compelled to participate in a relatively...
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boundary 2 (2011) 38 (2): 155–187.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Ruth Y. Y. Hung The production, consumption, and state control of Chinese TV serial drama can be seen as an instrument of power and profit maximization as well as a medium for mass education and homogenization in the form of popular culture. The serial drama Woju 蜗居 (Dwelling narrowness) (2009...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (2): 29–48.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Daniel T. O’Hara The large historical transformation from a culture of work and achievement to one of consumption and pleasure, in progressively extreme and democratically available forms, finds its expression in the finest details of fictional, literary artistry. Thomas Mann’s development...
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boundary 2 (2020) 47 (4): 63–99.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Simon Ryle This essay explores three recent celebrated novels that are concerned with the consumption of meat: Joseph D’Lacey’s Meat , J. M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello , and Han Kang’s The Vegetarian . The essay develops the critical terms xenoflesh , zoē poetics , and carnojectivity in order...
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boundary 2 (2014) 41 (1): 101–112.
Published: 01 February 2014
... of consumption, Michel de Montaigne (1580) writes, “The way by which our laws attempt to regulate idle and vain expenses in meat and clothes, seems to be quite contrary to the end designed. The true way would be to beget in men a contempt of silks and gold, as vain, frivo- lous, and useless; whereas we...
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boundary 2 (2016) 43 (3): 29–77.
Published: 01 August 2016
... brought into social relation only via exchange. Because this autonomization leads to different temporalities and intensities of production in one sector—which is nonetheless dependent on output in another sector—glut and shortage, and the interruption of pro- duction as well as consumption...
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boundary 2 (2015) 42 (2): 85–104.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., that is to say, the reinvigoration of proletarianization, must be tied to hyperindus- trial society rather than the idea of a postindustrial society, which would only further the fable of the disappearance of the proletariat and ignore the thought of consumption. Without delving into the specifics...
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boundary 2 (2018) 45 (1): 201–229.
Published: 01 February 2018
... of the zones” outside. But con- spicuous consumption functions as distraction from pressing questions of belonging, segregation, and injustice. Gillis’s Belfast jinks from sloganlands and painted curbs to multinational malls, but its nimble transition masks his- torical continuities and, like the writing...
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boundary 2 (2022) 49 (1): 231–262.
Published: 01 February 2022
... to negotiate the contradictions between official socialism and that decade's openings to the global market by discouraging an excess emphasis on consumption or class difference. This image, by contrast, bespeaks luxury and privilege in the frame of a romantic “encounter” about to occur. Notably, the models...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (1): 79–105.
Published: 01 February 2017
... in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with the invention of the steam engine and mechanized production but also the first railway networks. The second is the development of Taylorism-Fordism­ as a new form of capitalism based primarily on oil, the car industry, and consumption. The third is the finan...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (2): 107–124.
Published: 01 May 2008
... their practices and privileges that stand at odds with the needs and interests of the broad masses of the people. This ideology is predicated on the assumption that a national economy consists of two parts: consumption and investment. If more is spent on investment, less will be available for consumption...
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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (1): 1–2.
Published: 01 February 2021
... or intimate study as their ways for language to guide thinking and inspire imagination. The ques- 2 boundary 2 / February 2021 tion also repeated a worry voiced by Empson and others long ago about the abuse of language in civil society, in the mechanisms of consumption and the acquisition of power...
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boundary 2 (2004) 31 (3): 101–124.
Published: 01 August 2004
... study of the recent development of Chinese cinema. Two concepts may need clarification here. In terms of globaliza- tion, I refer specifically to China’s integration into global media consumption, which is contingent upon the tensions between the call by the World Trade Organization (WTO) for an open...
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boundary 2 (2003) 30 (1): 89–104.
Published: 01 February 2003
... the attribution to fashion of a deathly lustrous- ness, though, is the central aesthetic claim of Benjamin’s book: that Baude- laire’s poetry does not merely represent commodification and consumption, does not merely name...
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boundary 2 (2021) 48 (3): 145–168.
Published: 01 August 2021
.... The first thing the casual observer might find problematic is what appears to be an equivalence between the civic action of voting and an object from the universe of consumption. At the same time, the catalog revealed what was in front of everyone's eyes: that under the neoliberal technocratic management...
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boundary 2 (2017) 44 (3): 73–97.
Published: 01 August 2017
... is a peculiar figure around which to launch a critique of luxury or consumption because he is not a worker, not productive, which means that once you’ve spotted hiking’s cen- trality to The Task, you might wonder whether the poem is really a georgic at all. The poet may be walking across other people’s...
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boundary 2 (2008) 35 (1): 85–108.
Published: 01 February 2008
..., and the Culture of Consumption (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002). 30. Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism (New York: First Vintage Edition/Knopf, 1994), 41. Lauro and Embry / A Zombie Manifesto  97 Haitian slave literally threw off the yoke of colonial...