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Buy stuff, do good, save the world: Transitivity and interpellation in the sustainable fashion discourse

Authors: Katie Baker Jones (West Virginia University) , Joseph Paul Jones orcid logo (University of Missouri)

  • Buy stuff, do good, save the world: Transitivity and interpellation in the sustainable fashion discourse

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    Buy stuff, do good, save the world: Transitivity and interpellation in the sustainable fashion discourse

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Abstract

Meaning production via mass media discursive practice is a complex social process through which viewers and readers are interpolated as subjects (Fiske, 2004). Interpellation is the act of 'hailing' these subjects into predetermined identities (i.e. sustainable fashion consumer) but can simultaneously 'naturalize' predominate ideological frameworks (e.g. capitalism, heteronormativity, patriarchy, etc.) (Althusser, 2006). Whether a subject can resist interpellation is a matter of some debate. Who has the power to act, to speak, to resist is naturalized through discourse (Fiske, 2004; Foucault, 1981). In this position paper, we examine sustainable fashion discursive practices in the popular press through the lens of Foucault's conception of power dynamics as well as Fiske's and Althusser's interpellation theories. Thus, we will explore the most pressing issues of agency, transitivity, and the limited imagination present in fashion media's discursive practice.

Keywords: interpellation, sustainable fashion, discourse studies

How to Cite:

Jones, K. B. & Jones, J. P., (2020) “Buy stuff, do good, save the world: Transitivity and interpellation in the sustainable fashion discourse”, Sustainability in Fashion 1(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/susfashion.11467

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30 Jun 2020
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