Young monks kick the can around the courtyard in a game of soccer. The Gods Must Be Crazy suggests that such consumption ought best be resisted and rejected, since its consequence is nothing less than a fall from grace. For Miller, then, everyday commodity consumption in industrial societies flush with massproduced goods holds the possibility of personalizing impersonal objects through acts of deliberate appropriation.
But the found object soon becomes the singular focus of disruptive desire, causing jealousy and dissension among the hitherto harmonious band and eventually provoking an anti-Edenic act of violence. At another level, there is also something appropriate in the use of beer.
He greeted me with visible emotion, and invited me and the other men present to continue celebrating with him. A politics of products thus takes the form of a trial of qualifications in which corporate citizens and consumer citizens pursue rival strategies for managing the business of value creation.
On the contrary, it is a country where the introduction and use of worldly things—specifically, branded global consumer goods—are new and uneven, more than usually uncertain and far less studied anthropologically than, say, myth, ritual, and kinship.
This process of home making, then, also defines an everyday form of contemporary globalization. I interpret these films as shorthand for two common views of globalization that regard each other as antithetical but share a similar romantic attitude. There was extra credit in it for her if she could report on a woman mathematician.
In the United States, my research was greatly advanced by an extended visit to the Robert W. The bottles were brought to Sydney, washed, boxed, and put on sale at thirty-two dollars each for a clear bottle, sixtynine dollars for a pair, one clear and one green.
For that year she just happened to have gotten edited out. Thus, the postwar history of the company reflects the same sort of tensions as the global high-sign campaign, shifts in emphasis on universalism and particularism triggered by crises and opportunities in managing the local image of a worldly thing.
This expanded condition is perhaps what some commentators Introduction xvii define when they say that globalization entails a heightened relativization of consciousness.
Finally, I thank my friends and extended family in Tanga for their assistance, understanding, and encouragement over the last twenty years. The author of this skillful exercise in public relations was Herman Kogan, a former Chicago newspaperman who was subsequently appointed Director of Company Relations for the Britannica.
Richard Dellman, owner and manager of Advantage Studios in Port Moresby, talked with me about the history of commercial media in PNG and some of the challenges involved in finding and developing talent for making radio jingles and television advertisements. One response to these questions has taken the form of research designed around paths, chains, and networks—research that quite literally follows its object Marcusobjects that include commodities in motion.
Anyway, she flamed out. In our objects, they perceive multiple possibilities for satisfying needs the manufacturers never imagined. When an electron beam impinges on a solid surface, it loses energy primarily by electron-electron interactions.
They should be viewed as xxiv Introduction complementary dimensions of a civic engagement appropriate to a world of commodity networks that make it impossible to distinguish between local and global and difficult to define the limits of complex connectivity.
The observation that impersonal commodities are frequently personalized has been theorized in other ways. Anthropologists have been accustomed to extended participant observation in one place—to settling themselves in one spot and getting to know really well the people living there.
Janet Berlo thoughtfully alerted me to the striking quilt by Otesia Harper, and Richard Sorensen and Leslie Greene of the Smithsonian American Art Museum arranged permission to reproduce the cover image.
I suggest further in Chapter 1 that reembedding worldly things in local contexts often requires the establishment of impersonal trust or confidence, an implicit confidence that appears largely in the breach.
Second, the bottle acculturates the innocent to the guilty pleasures of materialism, the sensual and sinful enjoyment of material things, an enjoyment that, in order to be maximized, requires a kind of antisocial selfishness or unchecked greed.
That is, these shifts represent attempts on the part of the company to stay connected, as Daft might put it, with the constantly changing interests and perspectives of consumers, indeed, to keep the perspectives of the producers aligned with those of consumers and thus sustain confidence in the brand.
The film opens with a contrast between the elegant writing of a mani stone, inscribed with prayers, and a dented red can of Coca-Cola, bearing its own unmistakable script.
One anthropologist has even tracked the movements of Atlantic bluefin tuna: On the other hand, consumers use the commercial value of their brand loyalty to lobby corporations for a variety of goods and services, the delivery of which was once presumed to be the obligation and Introduction xix function of elected governments in promoting social welfare.
It is entailed, for example, in the classic opposition between commodities and gifts and the observed transformations of the former into the latter. Because they are some of the few truly global commodities and, moreover, commodities closely associated with fears and anxieties about how globalization might lead to a universal unmistakably American monoculture.
I thank Mark Pendergrast and an anonymous reviewer for helpful comments on the manuscript. Put differently, I treat this trust as an index of alignment in perspectives—perhaps temporary, perhaps accidental—between producers and consumers; that is, between agents mobilized in a network by the singular intention of selling a product and agents mobilized in the same network by multiple intentions of acquiring and using a product.
Xi and his people, a threat to their traditional way of life posed by an encroaching alien modernity. The war produced an uncanny experience not unlike my own for many American soldiers who encountered Coca-Cola bottles—disembedded artifacts of home—in the trenches of Europe and on the beaches of Pacific islands.
Not only must the meaning of individual commodities be understood in terms of prior, accumulated meanings, but also whole cultural categories of economic goods must be understood in terms of historically sedimented values.
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