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`This is an ambitious, original, and complex treatment of key aspects of contemporary capitalism. It makes a major contribution because it profoundly destabilizes the scholarship on globalization, the so-called new economy, information technology, distinct contemporary business cultures and practices' - Saskia Sassen, author of Globalization and its Discontents `Nigel Thrift offers us the sort of cultural analysis of global capitalism that has long been needed - one that emphasizes the innovative energy of global capitalism. The book avoids stale denouncements and offers instead a view of capitalism as a form of practice' - Karin Knorr Cetina, Professor of Sociology, University of Konstanz, GermanyCapitalism is well known for producing a form of existence where `everything solid melts into air'. But what happens when capitalism develops theories ...

Remembering the Technological Unconscious by Foregrounding Knowledges of Position
Remembering the technological unconscious by foregrounding knowledges of position
Introduction: Engraining Anticipation

This chapter is part of a more general attempt to provide an account of the spaces of anticipation that are found in contemporary everyday life, an account of how it is that environments of which we are a part gradually come to be accepted as the only way to be because, each and every day, they show up more or less as expected (Thrift, 2000c; 2003a). Such spaces depend upon the gradual construction of complex ethologies of bodies and objects which are repositories of the ‘correct’ positionings and juxtapositionings which allow things to arrive and become known (Siegert, 1999). These very basic sendings and receivings of ...

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