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This paper examines abjection in the context of the extreme (black) metal scene. Moving beyond the ritual-heavy, community work that dominates much of the death-related consumption literature, our study pieces together death, violence, misanthropy, blood and social tensions to create novel...
The paper re-conceptualizes cultural intermediaries as shapers of “emerging cultural capital” (Prieur, A., and M. Savage. 2013. “Emerging Forms of Cultural Capital.” European Societies 15 (2): 246–267; Savage, M., F. Devine, N. Cunningham, M. Taylor, Y. Li, J. Hjellbrekke, and A. Miles. 2013. “A...
Through a discourse-analytic case study, this paper traces the socio-historical development of Singapore to examine how the branding trajectory and discourse of Singapore’s university sector from the 1990s to the present day have been shaped by an evolving local and transnational...
In this paper, we use the case of the vinyl record to show that iconic objects become meaningful via a dual process. First, they offer immersive engagements which structure user interpretations through various material experiences of handling, use, and extension. Second, they always work via...
The theme park, some say, is the quintessence of consumer society and roller-coasters, others maintain, are its foremost symbol and signifier. True or not, exaggerated or otherwise, there is no doubting theme parks’ iconicity – Disneyland above all – nor their continuing ability to “amuse the...
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