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Consumption and the Globalization Project

International Hegemony and the Annihilation of Time


Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Edward A. Comor
    Pages 1-18
  3. Edward A. Comor
    Pages 47-79
  4. Edward A. Comor
    Pages 160-171
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 172-211

About this book


This book examines commodity consumption both as an ongoing problem for capital and a complex mediator of the post-Cold War political economy. Comor assesses consumption as a core but contradictory nodal point in contemporary world (dis)order developments arguing that capitalist consumption facilitates efforts to rule through consent.


cold war economy globalization hegemony Institution political economy society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Western OntarioCanada

About the authors

EDWARD A. COMOR is Associate Professor and the Rogers Chair in Journalism and New Information Technology, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Bibliographic information

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'Consumption and the Globalization Project is a compelling work of scholarship that probes the contemporary world of global communication. Whether reviewing the history of consumption in the West, the emerging global consumer society, or the burgeoning consumption practices in developing countries like India and China, this book is the long-awaited international studies synthesis of political economy and cultural studies.' - Robert E. Babe, Jean Monty-BCE Chair, University of Western Ontario, Canada

'Comor deepens our understanding of critical international political economy that historicizes the institutions of capitalism by scrutinizing its everyday practices, in this case 'shopping'. In lively, clear, and passionate terms, the book makes us question the profound implications of capitalist consumption for the origins and consequences of globalization.' - J. P. Singh, Associate Professor, Georgetown University and Vice President of the Policy Studies Organization, USA

'Comor provides an excellent analysis of globalization as an unfolding project of patterns, tendencies and conceptual systems, shaped by powerful interests with the institution of consumption at its core.' - Global Media and Communication