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The Mobilities Paradox

A Critical Analysis

Maximiliano E. Korstanje

The theory of mobilities has gained great recognition and traction over recent decades, illustrating not only the influence of mobilities in daily life but also the rise and expansion of globalization worldwide. But what if this sense of mobilities is in fact an ideological bubble that provides the illusion of freedom whilst limiting our mobility or even keeping us immobile? This book reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the mobilities paradigm and in doing so constructs a bridge between Marxism and Cultural theory.
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Chapter 2: The manipulation of emotions

A Critical Analysis

Maximiliano E. Korstanje

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It is evident that the world changed after 9/11 and the attacks on the World Trade Center. This traumatic event inaugurated a new time oriented to manipulate emotions of lay citizens into finely-ingrained narratives in order for some economic policies to be widely accepted by society. The fact is that one of the main limitations in confirming that emotions are politically used in forms of discourses to indoctrinate citizens’ minds consists in resolving the hot debate revolving around emotions-as-basic dispositions or emotions-as-social construes. While the former emphasize on emotions as basic dispositions developed to ensure the survival of an organism, assuming serious obstacles for them to be manipulated, the latter signals to emotions as social constructs which are culturally molded by the elite to keep their privileged position. In this vein, Marxism and the early text of Marx have much to say. We unearth Marxism from the dust of oblivion to alternate a frank dialogue with cultural studies.

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