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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

Capital in General and Competition: The Production and Distribution of Surplus Value  

Fred Moseley

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Sep 2018
This chapter argues that capital in general and competition are the two main levels of abstraction in Marx’s theory in Capital and that they correspond to the theories of the production of ... More

Capital: A Revolutionary Social Form  

Patrick Murray

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Nov 2018
Capital is the fundamental concept of modern social theory because capital is the foundation of bourgeois society. Unlike produced means of production, capital is a specific social form of ... More

Capitalist Social Reproduction: The Contradiction between Production and Social Reproduction Under Capitalism  

Martha E. Gimenez

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Nov 2018
This entry will look at Marx’s theoretical contributions to social reproduction in relationship to critical assessments of his alleged “neglect” of reproduction and to the development of ... More

The Capitalist State and State Power  

Bob Jessop

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Dec 2018
Marx planned a book on the state as part of his larger project to critique the political economy of the capitalist mode of production. Nonetheless Marx analyzed the state over some forty ... More

Climate Change and Migration Crisis in Africa  

Caroline Zickgraf

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Oct 2018
The conventional narrative on the crisis of climate change and its links to migration sees the physical impacts of climate change—such as sea-level rise, drought, soil salinization, and ... More

The Commodification of Knowledge and Information  

Tomás Rotta and Rodrigo Teixeira

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Nov 2018
This entry presents an analysis of the commodification of knowledge and information in contemporary capitalism. We provide a consistent account of how information as a commodity effects ... More

Conclusion: Toward a New Paradigm for Understanding Poverty  

Mark R. Rank

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May 2016
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Apr 2017
This concluding article proposes a new paradigm in which to understand poverty, focusing primarily on the United States even as several dimensions of the paradigm apply globally across ... More

Consumer Culture Theory  

Eric J. Arnould and Craig J. Thompson

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Dec 2018
Consumer culture theory (CCT) refers to a heteroglossic assemblage of theoretical perspectives and methodological orientations that seeks to illuminate the dynamic, interactive ... More

Consumption as Production: Data and the Reproduction of Capitalist Relations  

Ulises A. Mejias and Nick Couldry

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Dec 2018
This chapter examines the capitalist relations that are formed when we consume our own social lives via the production of digital data. The central argument is that participation in a ... More

The Continuing Relevance of the Marxist Tradition for Transcending Capitalism  

Erik Olin Wright

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Sep 2018
Marx’s formulation of a theory of transcending capitalism is unsatisfactory for two main reasons: 1) the dynamics of capitalism may generate great harm, but they do not, as Marx claimed, ... More

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