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The Architecture of Conglomerates
Our open-access article of the week considers the laboratories and office buildings built by architects like César Pelli and Anthony Lumsden for conglomerates in the late 1960s. These buildings exhibit an 'aesthetics of indeterminacy' that had much to do with the imperialist geopolitical practices of conglomerates.
The Influence of Countercultural Movements
Hippies, climate activists, vegans, even feminists – all these movements began as outsider groups whose values contrasted sharply with mainstream society. Our video of the week discusses how current trends relate to the Counterculture of the 1960s, which played a pivotal role in the construction of today's technosphere.
Yuppies: A Social History of Financialization
Looking closely at the cultural proclivities of yuppies – as young urban professionals became known in the 1980s – our podcast of the week explores how this group mobilised their human, cultural, and financial capital to claim their spot atop a stratified social hierarchy.
How the John Birch Society Radicalised the Right
Once dismissed as a paranoid fringe group, the John Birch Society was populated by anticommunist conspiracists and religious radicals who also happened to be white professionals – voters of interest to the Republican Party. Our book of the week shows how the Birch Society's extremism is connected to the GOP's present obsession with Christianity, capitalism, and freedom.
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