Performing Consumers

Performing Consumers

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Performing Consumers is an exploration of the way in which brands insinuate themselves into the lives of ordinary people who encounter them at branded superstores. Looking at our performative desire to a€˜try ona€™ otherness, Maurya Wickstrom employs five American brandscapes to serve as case studies: Ralph Lauren; Niketown; American Girl Place; Disney store and The Lion King; and The Forum Shops at Caesara€™s Palace in Las Vegas. In this post-product era, each builds for the performer/consumer an intensely pleasurable, somatic experience of merging into the brand and reappearing as the brand, or the branda€™s fictional meanings. To understand this embodiment as the way that capital is producing subjectivity as an aspect of itself, Wickstrom casts a wide net, drawing on: the history of capitala€™s relationship with theatre political developments in the United States recent work in political science, philosophy, and performance studies. An adventurous study of theatrical indeterminancy and material culture, Performing Consumers brilliantly takes corporate culture to task.American. Girl. Doll. and. American. Girl. Place. The values of this country are such that torture is not a part of our soul, our ... As she recounted her story to Fortune magazine (17 May 2004) she was trying to buy her nieces dolls for Christmas.

Title:Performing Consumers
Author:Maurya Wickstrom
Publisher:Routledge - 2006-08-21


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