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 0950-2386

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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: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cultural Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/ne
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 26702
Deposited By: Dr Anne Cronin
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2009 08:08
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 23:37
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26702

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