Celia Lury

Celia Lury
The University of Warwick · Centre for interdisciplinary Methodologies

Bachelor of Arts, MA, DPhil

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We explored working and living with cancer at a large research-intensive National Health Service hospital breast cancer service and adjoining non-governmental organisation (NGO). The project had three elements that were largely autonomous in practice but conceptually integrated through a focus on personalised cancer medicine. Di Sherlock held conve...
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The first comprehensive analysis of the emergence of academic brands, this book explores how the modern university is being transformed in an increasingly global economy of higher education where luxury is replacing access. More than just a sign of corporatization and privatization, academic brands provide a unique window on the university's concer...
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The notion of »the problematic« has changed its meaning within the history of power and knowledge since the early 20th century, leading up to today's performative, neocybernetic fascination with generalized management ideas and technocratic models of science. This book explores central scenes, conceptual elaborations, and practical affiliations of...
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The notion of »the problematic« has changed its meaning within the history of power and knowledge since the early 20th century, leading up to today's performative, neocybernetic fascination with generalized management ideas and technocratic models of science. This book explores central scenes, conceptual elaborations, and practical affiliations of...
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Recognizing that many of the modern categories with which we think about people and their activities were put in place through the use of numbers, we ask how numbering practices compose contemporary sociality. Focusing on particular forms of algorithmic personalization, we describe a pathway of a-typical individuation in which repeated and recursiv...
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This paper explores how pricing has historically been involved in the making up of persons and how the ability to ‘personalize’ price is reconfiguring the ability of markets to discriminate. We discuss a variety of contemporary pricing practices, and three types of personhood they produce: generic, protected, and transcontextual. While some contemp...
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This article explores two examples of non-visibility as a way of describing the specificity of contemporary surfaces of visualization. The two cases are the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the scheduled passenger flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, which lost contact with air traffic control on 8 March 2014 at 01:20 MYT, and the 276...
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This chapter argues that tracking involves an increasingly significant and diverse set of techniques in relation to the ongoing transformation of relations between observer and observed, and between observers. These developments include not only the proliferation of individual sensing devices associated with a growing variety of platforms, but also...
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The working paper is a report on an ESRC-funded project, Socialising Big Data, that sought to address problematic conceptions of Big Data in popular discourse such as the 'data deluge' and the tendency to reduce the term to definitions such as the oft-cited '3 Vs'. Instead, building on how social scientists have conceived of things, methods and dat...
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This paper takes tools of self-valuation in social media as an empirical focus. By way of a case-study of Klout, an influential measure of influence, we suggest that the forms of reactivity and self-fulfilling prophecy that have been identified as a problem with some forms of measurement are actually an intentional effect of such tools: that is, th...
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On the 5th of February 2007, the Institute of National Statistics and Census in Argentina (INDEC) released a press statement, giving a percentage figure for that month’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-GBA). Since the announcement, this number and its subsequent variations have been at the centre of a national and international political, legal and techn...
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This paper proposes an ecological methodology in order to re-think the concept of situatedness in ways that can take into account that we live in relation to, and are of, a more-and-other-than-human world. In doing so, the paper proposes that situatedness should be understood in terms of processes of co-invention that, fractally and recursively, op...
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This article puts forward the claim that culture is becoming topological. Rather than using topological concepts to analyze and interpret contemporary culture, it is suggested that the distinctively topological ‘abstractions’ of ordering and continuity of transformation now organize the movement of forms of social life such that constant change is...
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In social and cultural theory, topology has been used to articulate changes in structures and spaces of power. In this introduction, we argue that culture itself is becoming topological. In particular, this ‘becoming topological’ can be identified in the significance of a new order of spatio-temporal continuity for forms of economic, political and...
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In this paper, I outline one strand in a genealogy of ‘liveness’, exploring the role of media in its emergence as a privileged spatio-temporal organization of experience. In order to consider the opportunities afforded by current developments in ‘live methods’ I then explore some of the implications for sociology of not simply studying practices of...
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This paper explores the use of three different forms of valuation and measurement by or on behalf of brands and branded organizations: financial brand valuation; brand equity measurement; and internal social or environmental evaluations. These systems, it is argued, are sites at which possible relationships between economic and other values are exp...
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This paper draws out the continuities between understandings of mass product as developed in the Frankfurt school with contemporary understandings of assemblage by way of an investigation of the brand. Drawing on recent developments in mathematics, it argues that the space of the assemblage is a space that is simultaneously mapped and brought into...
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This special issue poses the question: what is the empirical? More specifically, it raises this question for the discipline of Sociology. This question, we believe, is a vital one to pose in our current juncture which witnesses two seemingly paradoxical movements in regard to the place, status and significance of the empirical within Sociology. On...
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Marks, Things, and PropertyIn/of the FieldThe Line and the BrandMarking TimeThe Illusion of the DurableThe JumpmanTransparencyThe Redoubling of EffortCoda
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Introduction: This chapter will focus on the implications of recent developments in trade mark law for branding. It will address how the logo, as a sign of the brand, is legally constituted as a trade mark – that is, as a kind of intellectual property – and how this legal constitution as property supports the valuation and exploitation of the brand...
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In this postscript, I want to reflect on one aspect of the arguments raised by many of the other chapters included here: what does the study of affect have to do with the empirical? The question ‘What is the empirical?’ is one that I have already posed in a collection with this title that I coedited with Lisa Adkins (Adkins and Lury, 2009). One of...
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This article addresses how it is possible to view Damien Hirst as a brand name. It argues that the brand name is not the mark of an originary relation between producer and product but of a set of highly mediated relations between products. In a discussion of the spot paintings, the process of mediation is seen to contribute to the open-endedness of...
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This book demonstrates how and why vitalism - the idea that life cannot be explained by the principles of mechanism - matters now. Vitalism resists closure and reductionism in the life sciences whilst simultaneously addressing the object of life itself. The aim of this collection is to consider the questions that vitalism makes it possible to ask:...
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Brands are everywhere: in the air, on the high-street, in the kitchen, on television and, maybe even on your feet. But what are they? The brand, that point of connection between company and consumer, has become one of the key cultural forces of our time and one of the most important vehicles of globalization. This book offers a detailed and innovat...
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Zusammenfassung Dieser Aufsatz entwickelt die These, dass die Marke ein komplexes Objekt ist. Es wird argumentiert, dass in der gegenwärtigen Zeit die Marke die temporale Organisation und das Funktionieren eines Bündels von Beziehungen zwischen Produkten ist. Zudem wird vorgeschlagen, dass die Organisation der Marke ein Interface für die Kommunikat...
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Abstract This paper maps the biography of a new media product as a way of exploring how a network society is emerging. While Castells identifies the importance of the spirit of informationalism, he leaves the ethics of this culture relatively under-developed. Focusing on the development of a computer game for employee training purposes, the paper a...
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This article suggests that at the same time that nature and culture are being produced as isomorphic, any relatedness between nature and culture is disappeared. As a consequence of this shift, relationality, or the production of relations of affinity and difference, is emerging as something that is internal to both nature and culture. This process...
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Recent analyses of workplace organization have stressed that the self-identify of workers constitutes a key resource in new regimes of accumulation. Morever, this significance of self-identify has been understood to form part of an aestheticization of work since the techniques involved in the performance of identity are widely conceived as aestheti...
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In this chapter, we want to explore the complex relations between culture, sexuality and gender in feminist theorizations of the labour market. To begin to do this, we turn first to early feminist analyses of the labour market, including Barrett (1980) and Cockburn (1981). We explore what we see to be their restricted understandings of the social a...
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In diesem Aufsatz beschäftigen wir uns mit gegenwärtigen Verschiebungen in der Theoretisierung von Geschlecht1 in der englischsprachigen feministischen Theorie. Wir konzentrieren uns besonders darauf, wie neuere feministische Theorien „das Soziale“ als analytische Schlüsselkategorie in ihrem Verständnis von Geschlecht vernachlässigten und durch „da...

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INTRODUCTION BY MARK TADAJEWSKI With Matthew Higgins, Janice Denegri-Knott, and Rohit Varman, I have edited a major book focusing on critical marketing studies. The idea is that each chapter engages with core ideas and concepts in marketing theory and practice (i.e. from traditional areas like the marketing concept, consumer sovereignty, strategy, social marketing, arts marketing, through to postmodernism, postcolonialism etc), highlighting key critical studies that undermine or rethink core arguments in marketing theory and practice. The chapters are very thorough but very accessible. Complex terminology will be kept to a minimum and clearly explained where it is used. Each chapter concludes - or makes reference to somewhere - areas for further investigation, thereby cleaving space for new researchers and existing colleagues to pursue critical scholarship. I hope to use it on my Marketing Theory M-level course. PUBLICATION OF THE BOOK The book was published in 2018.. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Critical-Marketing-1st-Edition/Tadajewski-Higgins-Denegri-Knott-Varman/p/book/9781138641402 As Routledge notes in the website for the book.. " this seminal work is unmissable for scholars and students of marketing and consumer research as well as those exploring sociology, media studies, anthropology and consumption scholarship more generally.". POST-PUBLICATION GOALS AND DIRECTIONS Many contributors to the book want to keep an active project that keeps probing the conditions we live in -- from critical perspectives. This project will go on by bringing to attention problematic issues, analyses and ameliorative strategies.