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and another s-word

09.25.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

secularisation…  as with consumer socialism, my suggestion that consumer culture is subverting religious commitment didn’t seem to have much plausibility as long as the allegedly most consumerist country on earth (USA, again) remained apparently immune to things like atheism, agnosticism and religious indifference. This is (slowly) changing – and (like the changing attitude towards the ...

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the s-word

09.25.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

I know it’s weak evidence (it it is evidence at all), but at least my claim that consumerism may engender a critical view of capitalism and even support the plausibility of socialist concepts has just become a little less unlikely: In what generally is seen as the homeland of consumer capitalism, the USA, the young ...

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fees

09.18.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Karl Marx 1844: Ich, wenn ich Beruf zum Studieren, aber kein Geld dazu habe, habe keinen Beruf zum Studieren, d.h. keinen wirksamen, keinen wahren Beruf. Dagegen ich, wenn ich wirklich keinen Beruf zum Studieren habe, aber den Willen und das Geld, habe einen wirksamen Beruf dazu. (Marx 1971: 300)  If I have the vocation for study but ...

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base/superstructure 1 – gramsci and the demise of the casanova

09.17.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Starting to evaluate what, if anything, is to be gained from an application of the Weber theses on the Protestant ethic and ‘the spirit of capitalism’ – it turns out that it is impossible to engage with them without a also undertaking a reevaluation of the theorem they have formulated against: the Marxian/Marxist base-superstructure (Basis ...

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Sufi Ethics and the Spirits of Consumerism – A Preliminary Suggestion

08.13.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

just out in Marketing Theory pre-published open access version pdf available here abstract In this speculative comment I will suggest that, in analogy with Colin Campbell’s argument regarding the Romantic Ethic and the spirit of modern consumerism, there is prima facie evidence that there is also an elective affinity between Sufi-infused Islamic religiosity and the emergent Muslim consumerisms, ...

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continuities of xenophobia

08.02.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

I am not surprised by this revelation in today’s BBC News. Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl wanted to halve the number of Turks living in West Germany in the early 1980s, British official papers cited by a German magazine reveal. He discussed the idea with then UK PM Margaret Thatcher at a meeting in Bonn in ...

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on sufism, romanticism, consumerism – david graeber’s intriguing footnote

07.19.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Working on the interconnections between the emergence of Turkish consumerism and Sufi imagination – my working hypothesis being that there is a “Sufi ethics” that can be seen as a functional equivalent of the “Romantic ethics” that Colin Campbell analysed as the root of the spirit of modern consumerism – I’m intrigued by David Graeber’s ...

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Continuities of Culture in the City: Using Accidental Clues to Access London/Turkish Spiritualities in Commercial Cultures

07.15.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Paper prepared for the Global Studies Association conference 10th to 12th July 2013 at the University of Roehampton (pdf) While European leaders squabble about whether or not Turkey does or does not belong into the European Union and in Germany, the main destination of Turkish migration in the second half of the 20th century, Turks ...

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in-between: Georg Simmel and İbn Arabî

07.05.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

In his short but seminal 1909 essay ‘The Bridge and the Door’ Georg Simmel analyses and celebrates the human habit of differentiating, delineating and separating – and then reconnecting, relating as expressed in the cultural achievements of path-laying, bridge-building and architecture in general. In doing so he anticipates some themes that were to become central ...

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