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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 371–390.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Mike Gane Baudrillard's theories developed dramatically over his intellectual career of forty years, and throughout these years he contributed considerably to the thematic of cultural fetishism. Consistent with his conception of the consumer society, he developed the notion of sign-fetishism, and...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2009) 5 (1): 98–117.
Published: 01 March 2009
...” (ibid.: 85). The distinction between animism and fetishism is conceptually useful in examining the relationship of humans to the outside environment. Modern epistemology recognized that we are directed by things, but reduced the alien and ancestral spirits and took things to relay the directives of...
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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 November 2011) 7 (3): 325–338.
Published: 01 November 2011
... rumination on the specificity of Baudrillard's method, by way of a consideration of Baudrillard's “patasociology,” which also serves to situate Baudrillard in his own historical context. The third essay, by Mike Gane, reads Baudrillard's long-standing engagement with the notion of fetishism right up to the...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 296–300.
Published: 01 July 2015
... helped fuel the bonuses of the rentiers and the global elite, this diagnosis seems accurate when we understand masochism as the pathology that uses fetishes and self-harming techniques to defer pleasure to the last possible moment. The last possible moment of course is the turning point, a kind of...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2006) 2 (2): 255–258.
Published: 01 July 2006
... fetishism (quoted by Hutnyk, p. 194). Tool making is what good Marxism is about, tools to combat social exploitation. The ambivalent use of “bad Marxism” makes one wonder whether Hutnyk's thesis is that it is good to be bad or whether good Marxism is even worse. In other words, is Hutnyk criticizing or...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2009) 5 (2): 179–198.
Published: 01 July 2009
... seen as a miniature statue of a god is also suggestive of a fetish, the object filled with charismatic power in “primitive” societies, and it is as a fetish that the complexity of the phantasmatic kernel is revealed. Žižek writes: “Crucial for the fetish-object is that it emerges at the intersection of...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2017) 13 (3): 394–396.
Published: 01 November 2017
... fetishism takes place whereby risk’s social character is obscured by its reification as securities, “things” that are seemingly emptied of their social aspects. Ascher then treads in Marx’s footsteps, following his character, Moneybags, to the financial market. Making this journey, Ascher provides an...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2017) 13 (1): 132–134.
Published: 01 March 2017
... than an achievement, independence is a fetish barely holding together the fragile individual form” (45). It falls now to the anarchist and libertarian Left to defend their own project in light of its persistent failings and recuperation by capitalism. Raising the red flag in the midst of a weekend...
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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 March 2018) 14 (1): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2018
...—the problem is not the system itself but the (image of) the false enemy. The figure of the enemy is surfaced as a fetish figure to evade or disavow the existing problems and inherent contradictions in the capitalist mode of production and its increasing tendency toward mass proletarianization (see...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2006) 2 (3): 391–394.
Published: 01 November 2006
...-colonial, grossly economic logics” at work (p. 34), but they also stress the imperatives of image-war and its relation to a new round of primitive capital accumulation. The second chapter critiques the commodity determinism of the “blood for oil” account. Oil, they argue, is a commodity fetish that...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2015) 11 (1): 139–143.
Published: 01 March 2015
... calls ‘dissociative sparkle’: gestures and styles that temporarily overcome the limitations of a trying, tough, or grim reality” (34). Integral to the artist’s ability to continue to overcome such limitations has been his ongoing involvement in queercore, fetish, and body modification subcultures...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2008) 4 (1): 25–46.
Published: 01 March 2008
... sawing still freshly present on their surfaces and edges (Figure 5) . This marble is the raw and fully fetishized material of fine art, evidence of a long tradition of monumental building and sculpture. These are the very stones from which Michelangelo called forth his slaves and figures, the images of...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 184–200.
Published: 01 July 2015
... denies others. She explains the placement of military personnel as a spatial fetish that manipulates what is seen and not seen. She suggests that “the spatial fetishisms of the security state work to obscure the social relations associated with ontological insecurity, which is attendant upon these shifts...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2014) 10 (3): 300–319.
Published: 01 November 2014
... terms a “new barbarism” expresses itself within the contemporary cultural condition. First, as Adorno claims, culture has not freed itself from, but rather it continues to suppress, its own primitiveness, which finds its fetishized expression increasingly embedded in the 24/7 production cycles that...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2009) 5 (2): 199–228.
Published: 01 July 2009
... calls “real” politics. She points out that the ideas that underlie such capitalist expansion are the fantasies of participation, action, and wholeness, as well as “technological fetishism.” The latter notion explains new technologies as essentially a fetish upon which the subject projects its “hopes and...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2012) 8 (1): 73–78.
Published: 01 March 2012
... ties the more cleanly with those fetishes of the Old World that are history, the fine arts, and argumentative logic itself. A glance at the introduction produced by Poster for a selection of Baudrillard texts—despite the accurate perspectives it outlines—is sufficient to show that to catch the...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2007) 3 (1): 71–94.
Published: 01 March 2007
... methodology. Whereas one could never be sure how poll results would translate into actual seats, seat projections simulate the outcome of the election in advance. E-mail and wireless text messaging are instruments of nonrepresentative instant opinion and “gut reaction.” Combining technological fetishism with...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2007) 3 (1): 95–122.
Published: 01 March 2007
...-increasing) phenomenon is seemingly no longer required. For our culture has transformed change into what Grey (2003) refers to as a “fetish.” We have institutionalized change to the point where its reality is unquestioned. Whitehead's “fallacy of misplaced concreteness” (1967: particularly 51–2) can...