The Stylish design of globalisation

Liam Dee

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This paper examines the way the very design of everyday products manifests the fluid imagination of globalisation as described by Hardt and Negri. This vision, hailed by the boosters of ‘free markets’, is of a smooth planet of de-territorialised flows, where exchange is unhindered by regulation. Through a critical aesthetic methodology, I will be arguing that there is more than just metaphorical equivalence between the smoothness of lifestyle commodities and the smoothness of larger globalisation, and that this can expose the contradictions between the alluring uncoded flows of commodity consumption and the reality of flows, often still very coded, of commodity production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile boundaries/rigid worlds
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2nd annual conference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion
EditorsMichael Fine, Nicholas Smith, Amanda Wise
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherCentre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)1741380472
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventConference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (2nd : 2004) - North Ryde, NSW
Duration: 27 Sep 200428 Sep 2004


ConferenceConference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (2nd : 2004)
CityNorth Ryde, NSW


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