All-Consuming Externalities (and subjectivities)

Rathzel and Uzzell pointed out that “a dominant thrust of government activity to combat climate change has been to target consumption and the individual consumer. It has placed an emphasis on changing people’s ‘insatiable appetites’ through motivating or forcing them to change their behaviours.” They argued that this strategy contradicted other policies that encourage consumption to combat economic recession. The articles below by Cluley and Dunne, Hornborg, and Huber raise the stakes on that observation from “contradictory” to, perhaps, pathological?

Cluley, Robert and Stephen Dunne (2012) “From Commodity Fetishism to Commodity Narcissism,” Marketing Theory 12, 251—265.

Hornborg, Alf (2006) “Animism, Fetishism and Objectivism as Strategies for Knowing (Or Not Knowing) the World,” Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 71, 1, 21-32.

Huber, Matthew (2012) “Refined Politics: Petroleum Products, Neoliberalism, and the Ecology of Entrepreneurial Life,” Journal of American Studies 46, Special Issue 2, 295–312.

Freud, Sigmund (1919) “The Uncanny,”

Jentsch, Ernst (1906) “On the Psychology of the Uncanny,”

Tausk, Victor (1919) “On the Origin of the ‘Influencing Machine’ in Schizophrenia,”

Sachs, Hanns (1933) “The Delay of the Machine Age,”