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Rags and refuse : the newspaper, empire, and nineteenth century commodity culture.

Cronin, Anne M. (2006) Rags and refuse : the newspaper, empire, and nineteenth century commodity culture. Cultural Studies, 20 (6). pp. 574-598. ISSN 1466-4348

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    Abstract

    This article asks what an analysis of nineteenth century English newspapers can tell us about the developing commodity culture, and what an understanding of the newspaper as commodity can reveal about the evolving nature of the newspaper. Using Walter Benjamin's work on commodities and temporality, and focusing on issues of empire, I argue that newspapers such as The Manchester Guardian constituted a 'technology of possession': alongside their status as commodities and commercial enterprises, such newspapers formed a lens for perceiving the world in terms of capitalist principles of ownership and exchange, and constituted a kind of early intellectual property rights. Establishing particular commodity-rhythms of production and consumption, the newspaper tapped into and rearticulated the temporalities of modernity, shaping and being shaped by a culture of commodities.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Cultural Studies
    Uncontrolled Keywords: commodity culture ; newspapers ; The Manchester Guardian ; time ; space ; possession ; empire
    Subjects: N Fine Arts > NE Print media
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    ID Code: 26702
    Deposited By: Dr Anne Cronin
    Deposited On: 30 Jun 2009 09:08
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:35
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26702

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