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Sold and bought: you've taught me well

I resisted for so long

The want of cash and the spending of dosh and

Those clashes and dissonances of

Brought up to be kind and… 182 more words


Dignity in a Consumer Society: Thinking with Bauman and Hochschild

Advanced democratic societies are in need of new models to understand the politics emerging under the labels of neo-conservatism, ethno-nationalism, the alt-right, and, occasionally, anti-politics. The… 1,569 more words


The rebirth of the forgotten

A while ago I was talking about my crazy idea of not buying any new clothes for at least a year. By that I mean any… 727 more words

Everyday Life

The term "populism" is a distraction.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

27 December, 2016

Dear Editor:

Much is being said about the ‘populism’ of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. But that term is a distraction.  146 more words


My first New Year Eve in the Middle East was the worst one I have ever had... But maybe there was a GOOD reason behind that.

It’s been a month since I am settled in Abu Dhabi together with my husband and our young son. For New Year Eve, we were supposed to go to the Yas Mall Shopping Centre to celebrate the New Year. 2,142 more words

Personal Experience

A Gift to Remember

The icy northern wind blowing down the avenue chilled Sara to the bone despite her warm gear. She felt naked, vulnerable, and foolish in a futile attempt to buy presents people didn’t need. 773 more words

Flash Fiction

Shop til you drop, cover, and hold

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

22 November, 2016

Dear Editor:

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has used the government’s cliché mantra of ‘get them back shopping, get them back working’ approach to earthquake threats. 92 more words