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’s published criticisms of TV advertising. Certainly the report’s dislike of the way that commercials promoted acquisitiveness, crass materialism and status-striving bore the mark of Hoggart’s anti-commercialism and moralism. This kind of thinking had direct policy implications, informing the containing of commercialism within British TV until the early 1980s. One consequence of this was the limiting of advertising air time on British TV. Despite the particular force of his critique, however, Hoggart’s views were not unique and his general moral antipathy to advertising and

in Hard sell
EP Thompson and Louis Althusser

differed sharply over words like ‘humanism’, but they were as one in rejecting the mechanical materialism which Stalin had done so much to encourage. Besides challenging the base–superstructure metaphor, both Thompson and 188 EP Thompson and Louis Althusser Althusser criticised definitions of class which they regarded as tainted by economic reductionism. In The Making of the English Working Class Thompson famously insisted that: We cannot have love without lovers, nor deference without squires and labourers … class happens when some men … feel and articulate the

in The crisis of theory
Marxism and post-modernity

Anderson has described as an ‘inherent scissiparity’ between Marxist historiography and Marxist politics.3 Nevertheless, a number of Marxists, including Anderson, have attempted to follow Fredric Jameson’s demand to ‘always historicise’,4 by deploying Marx’s concepts to periodise the present with a view to informing socialist strategic thought. By contrast with the political imperative behind this project, Steve Rigby concludes his Marxism and History with the suggestion that the fates of historical materialism and Marx’s revolutionary politics have no necessary con

in Reflections on the Marxist theory of history
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Omen of a post-republic: the demon child of neoliberalism

against the general thesis that contemporary Ireland is characterized by the erasure, the weakening, of these three traditional authoritative names of the Father – Catholicism, Nationalism and Community. It is in the lacunae created by this process of de-symbolization of the formerly authoritative names of the Father that the neoliberal revolution has been taking place in Ireland: Catholicism is replaced by materialism, CONCLUSION 161 commodity fetishism and the cult of the individual; the Republic is desymbolized as a historical, national, public, collective

in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
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’s The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siècle ( 1996 ), which addresses the crisis of human identity around the advent of the twentieth century. This is fictionalised in the Gothic as the disintegration of the human subject, manifesting through the spectacle of the body metamorphosing into an undifferentiated state, marked by fragmentation and permeability. What

in Dangerous bodies
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H. P. Lovecraft and the cinema

–2) Before proceeding further, however, we need to define precisely, albeit briefly, what is meant by the term ‘Lovecraftian’. Maurice Lévy, one of the first scholars to take Lovecraft seriously, succinctly described his outlook as ‘a bizarre synthesis of ancient mechanistic philosophy, German pessimism, and the most rigorous positivist materialism’ (Lévy, 1988 : 30). More recently

in Monstrous adaptations
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eighteenth centuries. These overlapping concepts, which we might for convenience label materialism, naturalism, and organicism, were themselves part of the Enlightenment’s much larger and longer epistemic shift.12 Often courtesy of Epicurean principles, or, more accurately, those sometimes misconstrued as such amid an early modern vogue for the Greek philosopher’s Roman muse, Lucretius, the former encouraged the idea that the cosmos, as nothing but matter in motion, was without any kind of divine (and punitive) supervision.13 Whether those particles were thought of as

in Bodies complexioned
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Forms of translation in the work of Richard Hakluyt

theoretical commitments to materialism in early modern studies. Although I experience moments of impatience with some scholarship that appears under the materialist rubric, it also seems to me that for good reasons historicist criticism will always have to answer to a theory of materialism, and I believe that the category of ‘form,’ perhaps unexpectedly, will offer an important

in Formal matters
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Ecopoetics, enjoyment and ecstatic hospitality

Mathews in her monograph For Love of Matter (2003) and explored further in Reinhabiting Reality (2005).6 Put (far too) simply, though, Mathews’s ‘contemporary panpsychism’, like Plumwood’s ‘philosophical animism’ (2009) and other variants of ‘new materialism’ (e.g. Coole and Frost 2010), challenges the prevalent view of matter as passive, mute and mindlessly mechanistic that came to prominence with Cartesian dualism and Newtonian atomism. The inadequacy of this view was already becoming apparent to those physicists, such as Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr, who began

in Literature and sustainability
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marketing messages might all be weighed up and positioned alongside collective opinions of specific peer groups that are important to the individual teenage consumer (Gunter, McAleer & Clifford, 1992). In a further analysis of this developmental process, the position of branding in the wider context of whether children display a materialism orientation has been examined in relation to the psychology of young consumers and in particular the role played by possessions in their definitions of their selfidentity. Materialism is known to form part of a wider suite of

in Kids and branding in a digital world