The journal Cultural Politics (9.3) has published my article “”Walmart, Financialization and the Cultural Politics of Securitization” (http://culturalpolitics.dukejournals.org/content/9/3/239.abstract) Here is the abstract:
Walmart is not only the world’s single largest retailer and employer, it is also a crystallization and an agent of a broader paradigm shift towards “securitization”: the convergence of financial and security-oriented logics of risk-management. This paper examines the way Walmart mobilizes and manipulates risk to cultivate profit and power and to transform the social and cultural politics within its orbit. Walmart emblematizes and advances capitalist securitization and offers a “risk free” consumer space as a refuge in an uncertain world, yet it ultimately contributes to a world of systemic insecurity and economic anxiety.
The article can be found here: http://culturalpolitics.dukejournals.org/content/9/3/239.abstract
An unproofed version can be found at my Academia.edu page here: http://www.academia.edu/2779803/Walmart_Financialization_and_the_Cultural_Politics_of_Securitization