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Affluence, Anti-Consumerism, and the Politics of Consumption  

Kim Humphery

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Dec 2018
This chapter explores “anti-consumerist” critique and practice as articulated in a range of Western nations over the last two decades. It surveys the rise of a twenty-first-century ... More

Aid and Global Poverty  

Simon Feeny and Mark McGillivray

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May 2016
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Apr 2017
This article examines the relationship between foreign aid and poverty in developing countries, with the goal of determining whether donor governments are motivated and actively set out to ... More

Alienation, or Why Capitalism is Bad for Us  

Dan Swain

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Oct 2018
This chapter considers the significance of Marx’s concept of alienation to his overall criticism of capitalism. At the concept’s core is the idea that while labor is potentially a ... More

Analyzing the Socio-Technical Transformation of Energy Systems: The Concept of “Sustainability Transitions”  

Harald Rohracher

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Sep 2018
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Jul 2018
Dealing with the immense societal challenges of climate change and resource depletion requires no less than a fundamental transformation of the energy system, comprising not only ... More

Are We on the Cusp of a Global Renewable Energy Transition?  

Sybille Roehrkasten

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Sep 2018
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Jul 2018
This chapter examines global energy trends, whether a global renewable energy transition is already taking place, and what steps are needed to further accelerate the global deployment of ... More

Bourdieu’s Capital(s): Sociologizing an Economic Concept  

Erik Neveu

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Apr 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter explores three central questions. The first section describes the four core varieties of capitals: cultural, social, economic, and symbolic. It highlights some peculiarites of ... More

Bourdieu, Distinction, and Aesthetic Consumption  

Omar Lizardo

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Oct 2018
This chapter argues that rather than being focused on the higher levels of consumption of aesthetic goods on the part of the educated class, Pierre Bourdieu’s main hypothesis in ... More

Branding National Identity in an Unequal World  

Melissa Aronczyk

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Dec 2018
Market intermediaries such as location consultants, tourism promoters, and branding specialists exploit the symbolic value of national territories to promote economic development. Although ... More

Capability Deprivation  

Rod Hick and Tania Burchardt

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May 2016
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Apr 2017
This article examines capability deprivation as the basis for analyzing poverty. The capability approach, developed initially by Amartya Sen, questions the “informational space” on which ... More

Capital  

Andrew Kliman

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Nov 2018
This chapter explicates Marx’s concept of capital and highlights its centrality to his book Capital, arguing that Capital is specifically about capital, not all of capitalist society. In ... More

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