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Dig for victory! Anti-consumerism, austerity, and new historical subjectivities

Bramall, Rebecca (2011) Dig for victory! Anti-consumerism, austerity, and new historical subjectivities. Subjectivity, 4 (1). pp. 68-86. ISSN 1755-6341

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Bramall, Rebecca

In recent years, austerity-related discourses have become a popular means of imagining and promoting more sustainable living. This article situates the re-emergence of the slogan ‘dig for victory’ in the wider discursive formation of ‘anti-consumerism’, and explores the relationship between the ‘defetishizing’ qualities of commodity histories and the constitution of ethico-political consuming subjects. Following Laclau’s notion that a conversion of subjectivity results from persuasion, I suggest that the persuasiveness of ‘dig for victory’ lies in its insistence upon historical solutions to today’s problems. The discourse seems to consolidate the dominant-hegemonic ‘myth of the home front’, yet ‘dig for victory’ also appears to have the capacity to render certain radical ideas, such as operating outside of the capitalist commodity system, unthreatening and even appealing. I explain why this case study points to an urgent need to rethink the historical as a resource for the constitution of radical collective projects and agents.

Official Website: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1057%2Fsub.2010.27
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Cultural theory
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Palgrave Macmillan
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: April 2011
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 14:48
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 14:48
Item ID: 9680
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/9680

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