Nick Copeland and Christine Labuski Publish Book
Posted: January 9, 2013
UT Austin Department of Anthropology graduates Nick Copeland and Christine Labuski have had their book, THE WORLD OF WAL-MART: DISCOUNTING THE AMERICAN DREAM, published as part of the Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology.
This book demonstrates the usefulness of anthropological concepts by taking a critical look at Wal-Mart and the American Dream. It shows how decades of neoliberal economic policies have exposed contradictions at the heart of the Dream, creating an opening for Wal-Mart. It focuses on Wal-Mart’s efforts to forge symbolic and affective inclusion, and their self-promotion as a free market solution to social problems of poverty, inequality, and environmental destruction. The book also contrasts the conceptions of freedom and human rights that underlie Wal-Mart’s business model to the alternative visions of freedom forwarded by their critics.
Nick Copeland is a social anthropologist and Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Polytechnic University. His research about state power and Maya politics in Guatemala appears in the Journal of Latin American Studies and Development and Change. Nick taught at the University of Arkansas, and has conducted extensive market research inside Wal-Mart.
Christine Labuski is a social anthropologist and Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Virginia Polytechnic University. Her work can be found in Feminist Studies, Archives of Sexual Behavior and several edited volumes about the gendered body.
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