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This paper empirically explores processes of adaptation and social comparison advanced in the “hedonic treadmill” explanation for the income-happiness paradox, as well as advances recent theories that point to the roles of poverty, inequality, and connectedness in aspirations behaviour....
The global Pentecostal-charismatic movement is pervaded by freestanding, entrepreneurial, initiatives set up by individuals of diverse credentials and convictions who peddle miracles and advice as “goods”. Many also use self-promoting or income-generating efforts that in some cases can be...
Synthetic testosterone, is an object born of heteronormative sexual anxiety, invented for use by cisgender men. Today, synthetic testosterone functions, as an element of gender-affirming healthcare for specific segments of the trans population. We approach testosterone, throughout this paper, as...
This article first traces how affect theory has reconfigured critical theory by challenging its epistemologies and by seeking out cross-disciplinary possibilities in conceptualizing happiness. The article then looks at how affect is both expressed and curtailed by drag performance in the...
Dining out is generally associated with, and taken as part of everyday consumption choices of the middle classes. However, eating at top-end restaurants is a problematic experience for some members of South Africa’s black middle class, proving that it is a loaded consumption practice. This...
As the first African format of the Real Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of Johannesburg features a majority black cast and unfolds in an African city. However, it positions a white woman, Christall Kay, in the key structural role of villainess. This article examines what pleasures are...
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