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Scarcity and Modernity





ISBN 9781138081796
Published April 24, 2019 by Routledge
130 Pages

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Originally published in 1989. In this book Nicholas Xenos argues that the assumption that scarcity is a universal human condition is far from universal but rather a product of western influence. Informed by the work of Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Girard, and Sahlins, this historical narrative of scarcity incorporates interpretations of texts and practices from eighteenth-century London to contemporary New York. Lucid and elegant in style, Scarcity and Modernity will appear to those with interests in social and political thought and cultural criticism.

Table of Contents

Preface;  Introduction;  1. Inventing Scarcity  2. The Promise of Abundance  3. Economizing  4. Consuming;  Conclusion;  Index

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