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Veblen in the Inner City: On the Normality of Looting (2)

12.02.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

… just out in the latest Sociological Research Online … http://www.socresonline.org.uk/16/4/22.html Abstract: Drawing on Veblen’s concept of ‘pecuniary prowess’ I will argue that the August riots can be understood not so much in terms of protest but as an appropriation of the underlying acquisitive logic of capitalism. The violent realisation of that logic across class ...

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Veblen in the Inner City: Sense of Entitlement and the Normality of Looting – A Reply to Iain Duncan Smith

09.18.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

update 2nd december 2011: an expanded version of this is now published in sociological research online – available here: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/16/4/22.html The London Riots have been interpreted as symptoms for what went wrong with our society in many ways – as an anomaly. It has been suggested that they are the expression of consumerism gone mad ...

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