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How the Shopping Cart Explains Global Consumerism$
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Andrew Warnes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295285

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295285.001.0001

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In the Supermarket

In the Supermarket

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(p.46) Chapter Three In the Supermarket
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How the Shopping Cart Explains Global Consumerism
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Andrew Warnes

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295285.003.0004

The chapter introduces the ideas of Bruno Latour in order to identify the shopping cart as what Latour would call a “nonhuman actant,” which shapes human behavior in crucial and active ways. Above all, the cart completes a circuit of nonhuman machines in the new system of industrial food flow, ensuring foods that are produced on an unprecedented scale keep moving and reach the private home far more quickly and on a greater scale than previously.

Keywords:   Bruno Latour, food flow, industrial agriculture, car culture, globalization

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