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Necroculture

Authors: Thorpe, Charles

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  • Combines writings from Karl Marx and Erich Fromm to conceive of the rule of dead capital over living labor
  • Establishes an understanding of necroculture that is useful to parse technofuturism, concerns with immortality, and more
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In this book, the author draws on Karl Marx’s writings on alienation and Erich Fromm’s conception of necrophilia in order to understand these aspects of contemporary culture as expressions of the domination of the living by the dead under capitalism. Necroculture is the ideological reflection and material manifestation of this basic feature of capitalism: the rule of dead capital over living labor. The author argues that necroculture represents the subsumption of the world by vampire capital. 

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Charles Thorpe is Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, USA. He is the author of Oppenheimer: The Tragic Intellect (2006) and has been featured in The British Journal of Sociology, Science as Culture, Science Fiction Studies, and Theory, Culture and Society.

Reviews

“‘Necroculture’, the productivist ideology which denies climate change and promotes techno-salvationism is expressed as a complete capitulation to the perceived power of capital, not to preserve life but to reproduce it as something which transcends death.” (Debra Benita Shaw, New Formations, Issue 91, 2017)

“In Necroculture, Charles Thorpe challenges this received wisdom by gathering an ambitious array of macrosocial ills into cohesive categories and then drawing theoretical purchase from Karl Marx and Erich Fromm to explain them. … Necroculture is a must-read for anyone interested in studying such camouflaged macrosocial addictions.” (Shawn Van Valkenburgh, Critical Sociology, August, 2017)


“Charles Thorpe’s Necroculture is a brilliant and powerful warning about America’s embrace of the pathologies of violence, the abandonment of civic literacy, the destruction of the planet, and what he calls the tyranny of negative freedom ... . A beautifully written and accessible book, it is an important and crucial source  for understanding America’s descent into madness, war, militarism, and the death motivated mechanics of terminal exclusion. Necroculture is a must read to both understand and resist the death of democratic ideals in the United States.” (Henry Giroux, Professor of English and Cultural Studies and Global TV Network Chair in Communications, McMaster University, Canada)

“This is a wonderfully well-conceived, deeply researched, and compellingly argued study of contemporary capitalism as a kind of living death. Thorpe mobilizes a wide range of theoretical and cultural resources to make the case that technological mediation and the reification of everyday life have reached a point of apocalyptic zombification. Thorpe’s readings of a broad array of cultural texts—from science-fiction novels to films and television series such as The Walking Dead—are astute and challenging, his analyses of socioeconomic contexts consistently arresting, and his command of Marxist and neo-Marxist theory breathtaking. Highly recommended.” (Rob Latham, Science Fiction Studies)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • The Necroculture of Capitalism

    Pages 1-52

    Thorpe, Charles

  • Artificial Life on a Dead Planet

    Pages 53-91

    Thorpe, Charles

  • Speed and Stasis

    Pages 93-151

    Thorpe, Charles

  • The Pornography of Information

    Pages 153-204

    Thorpe, Charles

  • The Tyranny of Negative Freedom

    Pages 205-259

    Thorpe, Charles

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Necroculture
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58303-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58303-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-93111-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 270
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