Thinking about the Political Economy of Automobility (through the work Dr. Matthew Paterson, 10 years on) The idea of a dromocracy is integral to a description of contemporary society in the context of the modern political economy – it means “ruled by movement and acceleration” (Paterson, 2007, pp. 5, 8, derived from Paul Virilio’s dromology). In … More Thinking about the political economy of automobility.
Introduction Design is a peculiar aspect of the modern economy, figuring significantly into the production of the lived world, and often overlooked. Design, until recently, has been overshadowed largely by scholarly emphasis on aspects manufacture “production”, treated thoroughly by Marxist lenses of analysis. Design is peculiar both in terms of its sequence and kind of … More Review Essay: Swedish Design, Addiction by Design, and DIY Style
Zizek’s The Sublime Object of Ideology is arguably his most notorious book in an expansive catalogue. His overarching goal in it is to read Lacan against Hegel, and Hegel against Lacan, in an effort to redeem them both as well as present the valuable contribution that the philosophical basis of Lacanian psychoanalysis can add to … More Book Review: The Sublime Object of Ideology
An edited version of this book review was published Anthropology and Humanism in December 2017. Stevenson L. 2014. Life Beside Itself. Oakland: University of California Press. Never has a book so pointedly asked me, “what it means to be dead” (Stevenson 2014, 1). It is a question which, perhaps, finds no greater relevance and reflective … More Book Review: Life Beside Itself
Review: Murphy, K. 2015. Swedish Design: An Ethnography. Ithaca: Cornell University Press Murphy’s ethnography, Swedish Design, is a thoughtful analysis of the ways things are “designed to be political” or more generally, how things are “made to mean” (Murphy 2015: 2), and one of the first major ethnographic works in the anthropology of design. His … More Book Review: Swedish Design, An Ethnography