Colloquium: Catherine Lutz, "The US Car Colossus and the Production of Inequality"
FEB 14, 2014 | 4:15 PM TO 6:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
February 14, 2014: 4:15 PM-6:00 PM
Ph.D. Program in Anthropology
Catherine Lutz, Department of Anthropology
"The U.S. Car Colossus and the Prodution of Inequality"
The car-dependent mobility system of the United States not only reflects but intensively generates the inequalities which characterize the country. This talk suggests that the concept of compulsory consumption and the automobile’s centrality to the current regime of accumulation can help account for this. It suggests how theories of inequality and mobility might be adapted to account for the automobile industry’s capture of contemporary life.