Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Jonathan Cutler

Major

Sociology, American Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis engages Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of the autonomous cultural field to map fashion’s unruly departure from a sanctioned hierarchy of cultural production and its current manifestation as the amorphous result of spontaneous and unorganized mass motions. Ultimately, through the work of Jean-Christophe Agnew on the cultural phenomenology of the market and Leo Bersani on the queer sociability of cruising, I uncover the revolutionary potentials of market and money form that have gone overlooked by Marxist theory and that have sparked defensive and revealing retreat from liberal structures of control and subjection.

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