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Jambo Africa!

7 Apr

Jambo Africa!

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Welcome to Africa! It is mesmerizing, but it is not real! This is a mere copy of Africa situated in the forest near the Dutch city Nijmegen. The Afrika Museum in Berg en Dal simulates an exotic experience and celebrates the commodification of culture. Visitors seem to enjoy walking inside the recreated settlements of several African countries. I wonder whether the kinds, who were happily running around, will learn that the neoliberal logic impacted the indigenous culture in Africa. It is a pity that one day some cultures might only be found in museums such as those.

The Geography of Metrosexualism

15 Jan
New York - a global city

New York – a global city

New York is a global city which has been conceptualized as a site for complex global networks of governmental and non-governmental organizations, markets, business, and migrants (Kim, 2008). Global cities, or also known as world cities, are characterized by the FIRE sector – finance, insurance and real estates that generate large profit margins.  Not only global cities have become special kinds of spaces for generation of capital, but also have they become a crucial site for the construction of a socio-cultural identity and lifestyle of metrosexualism (Knox, 2002).

The aim of my post is to give insights on why the culture of the metrosexual occurred in the global city. I will hypothesize on how the epidemic of metrosexualism started by discussing the importance of David Beckham for promoting the lifestyle. The agents of various urban forms in the global city are important part of the discussion alongside with Castells’ (1984) theory of urban social change.

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What is a metrosexual?

29 Dec

 

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a metrosexual, photo in complex man magazine

I encountered  metrosexualism for the first time in a Bulgarian magazine Egoist some years ago. Then I gained some knowledge about the culture of the metrosexual. However at the time I didn’t quiet understand the post-modern phenomenon. Years later I make a theoretical attempt to clarify what a metrosexual is.

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Visual Culture and Its Replication

8 Sep
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Rainy Thoughts

What interested me today is the discussion of visual culture (pictures, movies, photographs, video games) and its reproduction. The new semester has just started and I am assigned fascinating cultural and sociological text. The texts I read for my classes have hidden meaning and various interpretations. The reader, in this sense I, is bombarded with topics which can be decoded, if he is equipped with tools and competences allowing him to find the meaning of a theory. I admit I might still be ignorant for many issues in the social science department. However, I put an effort to understand the problems discussed in class. Today I try to make sense of The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Representation by Walter Benjamin (1892-1940).

Why Benjamin and his work are important in the social sciences? What triggered my interest? Continue reading