Culture Jamming: A Sociological Perspective

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Title

Culture Jamming: A Sociological Perspective

Creator

Date

March 2006

Abstract

"Culture jamming" is defined as "an organized, social activist effort that aims to counter the bombardment of consumption-oriented messages in the mass media" (Handelman and Kozinets, 2004, n.p.). This article seeks to understand culture jamming from a sociological perspective, situating it in the "expressivist" tradition, which originates with the mid-18th century thinker Rousseau and whose legacy extends to postwar Western counterculture.

Culture jamming is seen as an investigation into the apparatus of representation in late modernity as it relates to both images and discourses of the media and commodity system, and the expression of political will. By providing an incentive for producers to respond to consumer demands for environmental sustainability and an end to labor exploitation, culture jamming may ironically help rehabilitate the market system it often portends to transcend. This may indeed serve to ameliorate certain "market failures" of the global system.

Journal Title

Journal of Consumer Culture

Journal Volume & Issue

vol. 6, iss. 1

Subject Terms

activism; social justice; market; marketplace; capitalism; consumer resistance; culture jamming; hacktivism; social marketing; social movements; the expressivist turn

Page Range

116-138

Peer-Reviewed

Yes

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Files

Carducci_Culture_Jam_accpt.pdf

Citation

Vince Carducci, “Culture Jamming: A Sociological Perspective,” CCS Research Repository, accessed April 21, 2024, https://omeka.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/items/show/50.

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