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Totalled
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In this book, Colin Cremin tackles the overbearing truth that capitalism encompasses the totality of our societal relations, weaving deep into the fabric of all that it means to be human. He shows how it is a system that totalises and which has upended the modernity project by industrialised warfare, surveillance, commodification and control. With ever deepening crises and ecological catastrophes it threatens the total destruction of human civilisation. But in amongst this wreckage there are still functioning parts, machines to be salvaged through the collective force of the human imagination and the total mobilisation of the peoples of this earth. We must realise a different future to the apocalypticism forewarned by scientists, prescribed by economists, accommodated by politicians and made spectacle by the entertainment industry. Totalled maps the deteriorating socio-economic, political and ecological conditions in which we live and, through our labours and consumption, seemingly have no choice other than to accelerate. The question for the book is how a utopian possibility discernable in the power of human creation can be realised when as a society we are in different ways materially, ideologically and libidinally bound to the capitalist machine of destruction. Totalled concludes with a politically and economically grounded set of propositions on how this might be achieved.
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Table of Contents

1. Year Zero 2. Materially Determined Apocalypse 3. The Three Orders of Apocalypse 4. The Double Helix of Dissatisfaction 5. Production Spiral 6. Consumption Spiral 7. Banquets of Worlds 8. Clash of Axioms Bibliography Index

About the Author

Ciara aka Colin Cremin lectures in sociology at the University of Auckland. She is author of several books, including Totalled: Salvaging the Future from the Wreckage of Capitalism and Capitalism's New Clothes: Enterprise, Ethics and Enjoyment in Times of Crisis, both published with Pluto Press in 2015 and 2011 respectively.

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'An intriguing and original exercise in Lacanian and materialist political theory, and a significant contribution to the great collective project of working to overcome contemporary forms of exploitation, inequality and oppression' -- Jeremy Gilbert, Professor of Cultural and Political Theory, University of East London, and author of Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism (Pluto Press, 2013) 'A compass allowing us to orient ourselves in our obscure and confused time' -- Slavoj Zizek, author of Living in The End Times (Verso, 2010)

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