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Cultural Politics (1 July 2009) 5 (2): 179–198.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Neal Curtis This article explores the relationship between mimesis and fantasy. Taking as its starting point James DerDerian's claims regarding the changing face of the military-industrial complex and its increasing use of the entertainment and cultural industries, the article argues that this move...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2005) 1 (1): 51–74.
Published: 01 March 2005
... specific features of communicative capitalism in light of the fantasies animating them. The fantasy of abundance leads to a shift in the basic unit of communication from the message to the contribution. The fantasy of activity or participation is materialized through technology fetishism. The fantasy of...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2008) 4 (1): 47–72.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Jodi Dean This article draws from Slavoj Žižek’s approach to ideology to theorize neoliberalism as an ideological formation. I focus on neoliberalism’s fantasy of free trade and on its displacement of symbolic identities by imaginary ones. The fantasy of free trade organizes enjoyment through the...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2005) 1 (3): 279–294.
Published: 01 November 2005
... communist bloc and how the protagonists' fantasies of the West are sustained by ideology even in the face of the harsh realities of contemporary capitalism. Slavoj Žižek's Lacanian model of ideology is applied to the film texts in order to highlight these issues, particularly his notion of “traversing...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2008) 4 (1): 73–99.
Published: 01 March 2008
... perfunctory language – whether as “information-rich data banks” or else animating the “fantasy of abundance” – and allow us to see them in a decidedly “political” way, as necessarily “incomplete” and thus eminently “rewritable” formations. This essay then concludes by examining the wider implications this...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2017) 13 (2): 177–193.
Published: 01 July 2017
... and perseverance. At a time when the postrevolutionary public sphere is saturated with heated debates around Tunisian national identity, propelled by fantasies of purity and virile filiation, Bouzid’s bastard characters serve, the author argues, not only to warp and reclaim the political playing field...
Published: 01 November 2007
Dyke Action Machine!, “Gay Marriage: You Might As Well Be Straight.” 1997. Offset poster. 18 × 24 inches. 5,000 posters wheatpasted in Lower Manhattan. German-Language version of campaign installed in the Munich subway system, September 2000. In this campaign, DAM! brings a Martha Stewart fantasy More
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2010) 6 (3): 287–302.
Published: 01 November 2010
..., paranoid fantasies also form a constant marker of the urge of absolute power. This article inquires into the relation between paranoia and politics. Are the fantasies of rulers and paranoid political “styles” distinct phenomenon, or expressions of a common element in the function of politics? Is paranoia a...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2009) 5 (2): 199–228.
Published: 01 July 2009
... activist-academic practices are grounded in those vital democratic and left-wing imaginations that have sadly come to precisely underlie and sustain the machinery that eventually privileges those whom I will call “the speed-elite”: fantasies of speed, freedom, mobility, connectivity, progress...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2008) 4 (2): 222–230.
Published: 01 July 2008
... become one, for most, remained mostly in the realm of fantasy and projection. There was no celebrity culture per se – no Real World full of American Idols , Apprentices , Big Brothers , Survivors , Bachelors , Extreme Makeovers , Fear Factors , Rich Girls , Trailer Park Boys , Art Stars , or...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 296–300.
Published: 01 July 2015
... political spectrum and terrain in Europe and the Far Right being the only party undertaking the ideological critique of debunking the fantasy of austerity measures and the new management culture implemented by all countries in Europe are realities and not simply food for the real-time media. It is not the...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2009) 5 (3): 299–324.
Published: 01 November 2009
... able to go on with waking life, unaware of how the dream reality, the fantasy, structures reality itself ( Žižek 1989: 47 ). The same can be said of the spectator's cynical response to the fantasy of film: “it's only a movie!” Such a gesture has the structure of fetishism disavowal: “ je sais bien...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2013) 9 (3): 381–384.
Published: 01 November 2013
... relies not so much on traditional status markers such as race and gender but on its monopoly of technologies that accelerate the global integration that generates the wealth the speed-elite exploit. She suggests that activists actually fall for the neoliberal fantasy that new media and new transportation...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2014) 10 (2): 182–193.
Published: 01 July 2014
... veiled fictional attack on contemporary Chinese capitalism, which it accuses of creating a kind of fake utopia, where poverty, misery, and despair are hidden behind the fantasy life of the new Chinese consumer society. In Chan’s work, the brutal truth of neoliberal capitalism, which has overtaken Chinese...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2014) 10 (3): 275–286.
Published: 01 November 2014
... the stuff of dreams and imagination, or stereotypes and eroticism, but of the first truly global commercial enterprise: trading the Other . … It is concerned more with ideas, languages, knowledge, images, beliefs and fantasies than any other industry. Trading the Other deeply, intimately, defines...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2005) 1 (2): 247–250.
Published: 01 July 2005
... military: the military is infiltrating gays. In fantasy, few of us are unaffected by these signatures of global power. Yet Binnie concludes a chapter on the politics of migration and tourism with this thought: “One should strive for the eradication of all power relations and inequalities between sexual...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2008) 4 (3): 261–268.
Published: 01 November 2008
...: realpolitik or ideology? Fantasy or everyday practice? Systems in opposition or systems in convergence, in the form of a state capitalism which increasingly dominates the world (not least in China, largely ignored in classic Cold War fiction)? The uncertainties embodied in these questions are reflected in the...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2018) 14 (3): 289–303.
Published: 01 November 2018
... mediated nostalgia has been hard at work on our memories of these other products, even as Minecraft evokes our fantasies of them. Retrogaming practices, from hardware and software emulation to the physical modification of the circuitry of legacy consoles and the use of expensive upscaling devices...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 391–408.
Published: 01 November 2011
... – the first Multi-User-Dungeon (MUD) ( Guest 2008 ). Subsequently, MUDs socially proliferated, often taking the form of “Dungeons and Dragons” fantasy worlds in which individuals could interact, and, if desired, could experiment with, or transform, their identities ( Turkle 1995 ). As Wertheim argues...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2005) 1 (1): 1–4.
Published: 01 March 2005
... with Jodi Dean’s “Communicative Capitalism: Circulation and the Foreclosure of Politics.” Dean maintains that ICT-driven communicative capitalism is intensely depoliticizing, as it is stimulated by fantasies of abundance, activity and wholeness. Dean’s objective, then, is to offer an explanation of...