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By Raymond Malewitz

In the age of Ikea Hackers and salvagepunks, this booklet charts the emergence of "rugged shoppers" who creatively misuse, reuse, and repurpose the gadgets inside their environments to fit their idiosyncratic wishes and needs. Figures of either literary and fabric tradition whose habit inspires an American can-do ethic, rugged shoppers mediate among older mythic versions of self-sufficiency and the consumption-driven realities of our passive, post-industrial financial system. via their unorthodox encounters with the cloth global, rugged shoppers express that utilizing gadgets 'properly' is a traditional habit that has to be renewed and strengthened instead of a naturalized approach that persists untroubled via time and house.

At a similar time, this Utopian perfect is never met: so much examples of rugged consumerism hide instead of foreground the ideological difficulties to which they reply and therefore help or forget about instead of problem the constructions of past due capitalist consumerism. through reading convergences and divergences among subjective fabric practices and collectivist politics, Raymond Malewitz indicates how rugged consumerism either recodes and displays the dynamic social background of items within the usa from the Sixties to the present.

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