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and the End of Politics
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History of the
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The 'Death of the
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in an Age of Abundance
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Praise for Need and Desire in the Post-Material Economy:
'An excellent and timely intervention'
' James Heartfield suggests that the 'post-material' economy is a self-serving concept and that modern economic thought masks the decline in western European economies . After the collapse of industry, we have a "consumer economy", which is merely non-productive. This attitude emerged as disputes over production have become less relevant (the unions have been squashed), while the anti-Marxist "politics of desire" is built on the exploitative surplus: the real social issues are avoided. The consumption of workers is limited to their basic needs, and the rich still luxuriate in their surplus value. '
New Statesman, 24 July 1998
'It's a fine little booklet. Even when I disagree with James, I always admire his intelligence & clarity, and Need & Desire is no exception to his usual standard.'
Doug Henwood, author Wall Street
'Essential reading for anyone with an interest in today's
The Cherwell, 16 October 1998
'In Need and Desire in the Post-Material Economy
James Heartfield delivers a brutal exposure of the post-material society or
Peter Ray, LM, November 1998
'A trenchant, lucid and much-needed critique of the myths of identity
politics and the "consumer society".' Kenan Malik, author The Meaning of
'At a time when mainstream theorists from Derrida to Butler have used Bataille's notion of "general economy" to religitimate in a "new" rhetoric the existing social order, James Heartfield makes a rigourous argument for a runderstanding of "production" and " consumption" and for a clear distintion between "need" and "desire". For a social justice based of an equitable access to material resources, Heartfield argues that these terms must be clearly distinguished.'
Donald Morton, editor The Material Queer
'James Heartfield argues that post-materialism has gained ground as a result of low rates of industrial growth.'
Investment Advisor, 9 November 1998
'Through his materialistic glasses, social theorist James Heartfield puts the post-materialists in their place'.
Varsity, 30 October, 1998
'In this thought-provoking paper, Heartfield attempts to lay bare the facts about the changing perception of design and the arts in Britain today. He develops the idea that there has been a shift in the national psyche, elevating artists and designers to almost mythological status -- heights they often cannot live up to. According to Heartfield, the way in which the art world has responded to these "great expectations" has been varied: examples range from Tate Modern, which has captured the public imagination, to the much derided Millennium Dome. However, he conveys a darker side to this "style revolution", in that "the public's fascination with creative work... has come about because of the lack of reward in conventional work". A balanced, refreshing account in a social climate of "Cool Britannia" and Tory xenophobia.'
The New Statesman, September 11, 2000
|You can order Sustaining
Architecture in the Anti-Machine Age at £19.99, plus
Publications, audacity.org, 8 College Close, Hackney,London, E9 6ER
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"Sustainability is today's buzzword, but can it be reconciled with social progress? Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-Machine Age considers the competing policy demands facing architects (and others) in a series of essays from leading academics, practitioners and commentators covering contemporary architecture, developments in the building industry, and a range of social, economic and environmental policy. 'We are reliant on technology more than ever before, but industrial development is held in low esteem by environmentalists,' say the book's compilers Ian Abley and James Heartfield, who are from the Audacity research group (www.audacity. org). Challenging the 'platitudes of sustainability', they say 'No-one wants to be accused of acting unsustainably, but scratch the surface and it is far from clear what sustainability means across a variety of disciplines.'"