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Author Malewitz, Raymond, author

Title The practice of misuse : rugged consumerism in contemporary American culture / Raymond Malewitz
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Contents Misuse : from aesthetics to practice -- Theaters of rugged consumerism -- The garden in the machine : biomimetic hybrids and the tragedy of singular use -- The rugged consumer Bildungsroman -- Ritual, play, and neoliberal rugged consumerism -- The commodity at the end of the world
Summary In the age of Ikea Hackers and salvagepunks, this book charts the emergence of ""rugged consumers"" who creatively misuse, reuse, and repurpose the objects within their environments to suit their idiosyncratic needs and desires. Figures of both literary and material culture whose behavior evokes an American can-do ethic, rugged consumers mediate between older mythic models of self-sufficiency and the consumption-driven realities of our passive, post-industrial economy. Through their unorthodox encounters with the material world, rugged consumers show that using objects 'properly' is a conventi
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Consumption (Economics) in literature.
Material culture in literature.
Consumption (Economics) -- United States
Material culture -- United States
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
American literature
Consumption (Economics)
Consumption (Economics) in literature
Material culture
Material culture in literature
Amerikanisches Englisch
Sachkultur Motiv
Verbrauch Motiv
United States
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780804792998