Circuits of Culture/Consumption

The term circuits of culture refers to the argument that cultural meaning is produced through the articulation of a series of processes, stages, or moments in the biography of a given cultural artifact, which could be an object, commodity, or text. The specific processes discussed have varied since cultural theorists, notably Stuart Hall and Richard Johnson, first outlined circuit type models, but they have centered on the links between processes of production and consumption. In this, they reference the skeleton of commodity production outlined in Karl Marx's Grundrisse as well as in Capital. In Grundrisse Marx wrote,

Production is … at the same time consumption, and consumption is as the same time production. Each is directly its own counterpart. But at the same time an intermediary ...

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