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The neoliberal definition of "elite space" in IKEA kitchens
Department of Culture and Education, Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3295-3602
2017 (English)In: Social Semiotics, ISSN 1035-0330, E-ISSN 1470-1219, Vol. 27, no 3, 323-334 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper carries out a social semiotic analysis of an IKEA commercial to show how their contemporary kitchens, despite being market for those on a more modest budget, present an aspirational form of elite space, constructed on the basis of ideas, values and priorities favored by a neoliberal ideology. Using the notions of new writing and technologization, and carrying out an analysis of form, texture and color, we show how the kitchen, its occupants and their actions are designed and represented as a tightly coded and functional whole into which the ideas and values of neoliberalism can be realized. The designs erase personal difference and actual context and in the commercial allow performances which mark aspirational values according to neoliberalism. Here the kitchen space itself, as is usual across IKEA commercials, allows the protagonist to be creative, improve his performance, be dynamic and flexible. Yet these, like the objects and textures in the kitchen, are merely symbolic components which appear reasonable in the context of the tightly coded system.

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Routledge, 2017. Vol. 27, no 3, 323-334 p.
Keyword [en]
Social semiotics, commercials, neoliberalism, new writing, IKEA, privilege
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-57664DOI: 10.1080/10350330.2017.1301797ISI: 000399350800008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85015682280OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-57664DiVA: diva2:1095930
Available from: 2017-05-16 Created: 2017-05-16 Last updated: 2017-05-16Bibliographically approved

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