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  • 1
    Book
    Book
    2015
    ISBN: 0817318933  ISBN: 9780817318932 
    Language: English
    Description: In The Everest Effect Elizabeth Mazzolini traces a series of ideological shifts in the status of Mount Everest in Western culture over the past century to the present day and links these shifts to technologies used in climbs. By highlighting the intersections of technology and cultural ideologies at this site of environmental extremity, she shows both how nature is shaped—physically and symbolically—by cultural values and how extreme natural phenomena shape culture.   Nostalgia, myth, and legend are intrinsic features of the conversations that surround discussions of historic and contemporary climbs of Everest, and those conversations themselves reflect changing relations between nature, technology, and ideology. Each of the book’s chapters links a particular value with a particular technology to show how technology is implicated in Mount Everest’s cultural standing and commodification: authenticity is linked with supplemental oxygen; utility with portable foodstuffs; individuality with communication technology; extremity with visual technology; and ability with money. These technologies, Mazzolini argues, are persuasive—and increasingly so as they work more quickly and with more intimacy on our bodies and in our daily lives.   As Mazzolini argues, the ideologies that situate Mount Everest in Western culture today are not debased and descended from a more noble time; rather, the material of the mountain and its surroundings and the technologies deployed to encounter it all work more immediately with the bodies and minds of actual and “armchair” mountaineers than ever before. By moving the analysis of a natural site and phenomenon away from the traditional labor of production and toward the symbolic labor of affective attachment, The Everest Effect shows that the body and nature have helped constitute the capitalization that is usually characterized as taking over Everest.
    Subject(s): Human Geography ; SOCIAL SCIENCE ; Mountaineering - Moral and ethical aspects - Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) ; Mountaineering
    ISBN: 0817318933
    ISBN: 9780817318932
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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  • 2
    Article
    Article
    2019
    ISSN: 0026-5667 
    Language: English
    In: The Minnesota review (Minneapolis, Minn.), 2019, Vol.2019 (92), p.73-94
    Description: Comparing the coverage of three recent drug epidemics, the author argues that representations of drug users and producers indicate crises regarding the location of power. Crack in the 1980s and 1990s was seen to exist among users run amok in abandoned inner cities; methamphetamine in the 1990s and 2000s was represented as related to rural producers out of control; and the recent opioid epidemic appears to be ubiquitous and nearly unrepresentable. This article suggests considering drug epidemics from perspectives that eschew representation and that investigate affective and practical realities of emplacement.
    Subject(s): Theory and Philosophy ; Poetry ; Literature and Literary Studies ; Marxism ; Literary Criticism ; Fiction ; Epidemics ; Otherness ; Methamphetamine ; Newspapers ; Magazines ; Economic activity ; Cocaine ; Pauses ; Power
    ISSN: 0026-5667
    E-ISSN: 2157-4189
    Source: Duke University Press
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  • 3
    Article
    Article
    2009
    ISSN: 2572-6633  ISSN: 1092-311X 
    Language: English
    In: Theory & event, 2009, Vol.12 (2), p.0-0
    Subject(s): Physiological aspects ; Mountaineering ; History ; Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) ; prose ; mountaineering ; oxygen ; genres ; Everest
    ISSN: 2572-6633
    ISSN: 1092-311X
    E-ISSN: 1092-311X
    Source: Project MUSE - Premium Collection
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  • 4
    Book
    Book
    2012
    ISBN: 9780262517829  ISBN: 0262517825  ISBN: 9780262017992  ISBN: 0262017997 
    Language: English
    Description: An examination of how garbage reveals the relationships between the global and the local, the economic and the ecological, and the historical and the contemporary.
    Subject(s): Sociology ; Refuse and refuse disposal ; Material culture ; Environmental Science ; Social aspects ; Waste products ; Political aspects ; SOCIAL SCIENCE ; Environmental ; SCIENCE ; Environmental Science (see also Chemistry ; Essays
    ISBN: 9780262517829
    ISBN: 0262517825
    ISBN: 9780262017992
    ISBN: 0262017997
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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  • 5
    Article
    Article
    2010
    ISSN: 0882-4371 
    Language: English
    In: Cultural critique, 2010-10-01, Vol.76 (76), p.1-27
    Subject(s): Energy resources ; Diet ; Energy economics ; Mountaineering ; Resource economics ; Moral judgment ; Food wastes ; Human waste ; Environmental economics ; Food ; Moral and ethical aspects ; Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) ; Human beings ; Analysis ; Discoveries (in geography) ; Environmental degradation ; Influence on nature ; Nepal
    ISSN: 0882-4371
    E-ISSN: 1460-2458
    Source: JSTOR Arts & Sciences III
    Source: Project MUSE - Premium Collection
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  • 6
    Article
    Article
    2019
    ISSN: 0026-5667 
    Language: English
    In: The Minnesota review (Minneapolis, Minn.), 2019, Vol.2019 (92), p.73-94
    ISSN: 0026-5667
    E-ISSN: 2157-4189
    Source: Duke University Press
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  • 7
    Article
    Article
    2019
    ISSN: 0026-5667 
    Language: English
    In: The Minnesota review (Minneapolis, Minn.), 2019, Vol.92 (1), p.73-94
    Subject(s): Creative nonfiction
    ISSN: 0026-5667
    E-ISSN: 2157-4189
    Source: Duke University Press
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  • 8
    Article
    Article
    2009
    ISSN: 2572-6633 
    Language: English
    In: Theory & event, 2009-04-01, Vol.12 (2), p.N_A
    Description: [...]the balloon flight that had been planned to triumphantly break man's altitude record ended in tragedy, but not until after ascending to over 25,000 feet. Messner was distracted from his experiences-he didn't get to experience them-by hallucinations because of his dangerously low blood oxygen levels. [...]the weather during Messner's solo Everest attempt did not cooperate when it came to the visual experience of reaching the summit. [...]sequestered as a tool, oxygen could be brought to the face of Everest, no more a threat to the identity of climbers than down suits and crampons. According to Wilson, the brain and mind's relations have been repeatedly disavowed, with the brain being naturalized as "mere" matter and the mind written into the role of transcendent interpreter.
    ISSN: 2572-6633
    E-ISSN: 1092-311X
    Source: Project MUSE - Premium Collection
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  • 9
    Dissertation
    Dissertation
    2006
    ISBN: 9780542827983  ISBN: 0542827980 
    Language: English
    Description: The dissertation is a political, discursive and technological history of Mount Everest in the twentieth century. During the period of time in which it has been climbed by Western mountaineers with the goal of reaching the summit, Mount Everest has functioned within different cultural regimes of meaning. "Transformations of a Metaphor" identifies and describes three of these regimes. First, Mount Everest functioned as an object of conquest for nationalist glory, then as an accoutrement of individual identity and finally (and currently) as a trophy of purchasable personal experience. These shifts have been enabled by the technologies deployed in both climbing and in communicating about climbing, including oxygen, food, personal narrative, and visual culture. Mount Everest can offer such a history not only because it is of broad and interdisciplinary interest, but also because the summit of the mountain serves as a metaphor across culture. As such, it repeatedly underwrites entrenched cultural values about authenticity, our relationship to the earth, the West's relationship to the East, and so on. Mount Everest can seem like the perfect metaphor because its sheer massive materiality proffers and undeniable referent. And yet that materiality has undergone meaning-making processes according to technologies and cultural values. This dissertation denaturalizes Mount Everest as a metaphor and show that, instead of an inevitable pursuit of goal-driven man, high altitude mountaineering, especially on Mount Everest, has been subject to the vagaries and accidents in a culture that only relatively recently decided that being up very high affirmed one's humanity.
    Subject(s): Language ; Composition ; Rhetoric
    ISBN: 9780542827983
    ISBN: 0542827980
    Source: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
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  • 10
    Book chapter
    Book chapter
    2012
    ISBN: 9780262517829  ISBN: 0262517825 
    Language: English
    In: Histories of the Dustheap, 2012-10-05, p.147
    Description: Under the intense conditions of extreme atmosphere and topography as well as media scrutiny, Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, has become an overdetermined icon of the sort that makes it difficult to distinguish between what is “natural” and “cultural” about its identity and status. Of course, Mount Everest is not unique for mixing the natural with the cultural; it is only unique in the particular ways in which nature and culture blend there. Indeed, especially since William Cronon’s edited collection of nature-culture studiesUncommon Groundwas published in 1996, humanistic environmental scholars have found it difficult to
    Subject(s): Geography ; Tectonic landforms ; Leisure studies ; Outdoor recreation ; Organic waste ; Landforms ; Geomorphology ; Environmental sciences ; Materials ; Materials science ; Industrial sectors ; Mountains ; Industry ; Tourism ; Concept of mind ; Sustainable agriculture ; Economic theory ; Environmental studies ; Moral judgment ; Agriculture ; Blame ; Human waste ; Environmental philosophy ; Business ; Transportation industries ; Judgment ; Economics ; Nature ; Environmentalism ; Service industries ; Travel industry ; Ecophilosophy ; Earth sciences ; Philosophy of mind ; Mountaineering ; Metaphysics ; Behavioral sciences ; Capitalism ; Waste materials ; Climate change ; Recreation ; Physical sciences ; Applied sciences ; Biological sciences ; Philosophy
    ISBN: 9780262517829
    ISBN: 0262517825
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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