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Rethinking materialism: a question of judgements and enactments of power

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This thesis traces the etymology of 'materialism' using a Foucauldian discourse analysis to bring to the fore the word’s use as discursive mode of power. Through examining over 5000 texts, spanning across 400 years, I trace a line from the origins of materialism in philosophical thought of the Renaissance and Enlightenment eras to its uptake in American rhetoric and integration into the consumer behaviour literature.

This approach leads to a reconceptualization of materialism. Comm...

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Said Business School
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Steinfield, L
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Steinfield, L
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DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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English
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2017-07-17

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