‘The cultural tragedy of production and the expropriation of the brickolariat: The Lego Movie as consumer-capitalist myth’ European Journal of Cultural Studies, online first


Theeb Aldossry and Matthias Z Varul: A Time to Pray, a Time to Play?: Everyday Life in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia between the Temporalities of Religion, Tradition and Consumerism, Time and SocietyVol.25, no.3, pp.471-92.  

‘The Cultural Sociology of Ethical Consumption’, in: David Inglis and Anna-Mari Almila (eds.): Handbook of Cultural Sociology, London: SAGE, pp.590-598


‘Consumerism as Folk Religion: Secular Transcendence, Probation and Dissatisfaction with Capitalism’, in: Studies in Christian Ethics, Vol.28, no.4, pp.447-460

‘Kreative Zerstörung als Rückkehr genialer Gewöhnlichkeit: LEGO, die  Kulturtragödie der Exzellenz und die Expropriation des Brickolariats’ (Beitrag zur Plenum 9 »Die Krisen des Mittelmaßes« – organisiert von Anne Waldschmidt und Hans-Georg Soeffner), in: Stephan Lessenich (Hg.): Routinen der Krise – Krisen der Routine. Verhandlungen des 37. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Trier 2014 (erweiterte englische Version)

‘Towards a Consumerist Critique of Capitalism: A Socialist Defence of Consumer Culture’, in: P. Hewer/A. Jafari/K. Hamilton (eds.): New Directions in Consumer Research. Volume 3: Politics, London: SAGE, pp.237-258.


‘Consuming the Campesino: Fair Trade Marketing between Recognition and Romantic Commodification’, in S. Binkley, J. Littler (eds): Cultural Studies and Anti-Consumerism, London: Routledge.

‘The Lego Movie as Consumer-Capitalist Myth: The Cultural Tragedy of Production and the Expropriation of the Brickolariat’, extended English version of a presentation to the plenary session #9 at the 37th Conference of the German Association for Sociology, Trier 9th October 2014

‘From Elective Affinity and Selection to Base/Superstructure and Back: Resuscitating Some Dead Dogs’, Paper presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference in Leeds, 23rd to 25th April 2014


‘The Sufi Ethics and the Spirits of Turkish Consumerism’, in: Marketing Theory, Vol.13, No.4, pp.505-12

‘Towards a Consumerist Critique of Capitalism – A Socialist Defence of Consumer Culture’, in: ephemera, Vol.13, No.2, pp.293-315

‘The Automobility Fetish – An Access via an Objective-Hermeneutic Artefact Analysis’, paper prepared for the Mobility Futures conference 4th to 6th September 2013, University of Lancaster

‘Continuities of Culture in the Cosmopolitan City: Accessing London/Turkish Spiritualities in Commercial Cultures through Accidental Clues’, paper prepared for the Global Studies Association Conference The Cosmopolitan Ideal: Challenges and Opportunities, 10th – 12th July 2013, Roehampton University


Elizabeth Adey, Frances Wall, Robin Shail, Matthias Varul: IMPACTMIN WP3 – Socio-Economics Deliverable D3.2: Report on the Study of Mining and Society and Its Implication, Project Report  to the European Commission

Entries ‘Imaginative Hedonism’ and ‘Value: Exchange and Use Value’, in: Dale Southerton (ed.); Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, Thousand Oaks: SAGE, pp. 758-60 and 1502-4

‘Veblen in the Inner City: On the Normality of Looting’, in: Sociological Research Online, Vol. 16, No. 4, Art.22

‘The Healthy Body as Religious Territory: Health Consumerism as New Religious Practice?’, in: C. Brace et al. (eds):  Emerging Geographies of Belief, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp.239-54  (open access version here)

Adey, E./Shail, R.K./ Wall, F./Whitbread-Abrutat, P./Baciu, C./Ejdemo, T./Lovric,  I./Udachin, V./Varul, M.Z. (2011): ‘Corporate Social Responsibility within the Mining Industry: Case Studies from across Europe and Russia’, in: Proceedings of the 2011 Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry conference, Aachen, 14-17 June 2011, Essen: VGE Verlag, 2011, pp.153-170

‘The Fear of the Fairtrade Consumer – An Informed Guess on a Form of Consumer Anxiety, Post-colonial Guilt and Anti-conquest.’  Paper Presented at the Research Workshop “Emerging Issues in Uncertainty and Ethical Consumption, 13th June 2011, University of Glasgow

„Die Moralisierung des Konsums ist von Furcht getrieben.“ – Fair Trade und die postkolonialen Statusängste von Konsumenten. Vortrag am Fachbereich Soziologie der Universität Siegen 28. Juni 2011


‘Talcott Parsons, the Sick Role and Chronic Illness’, in Body & Society, Vol.16, No.2, pp.72-94.

‘Reciprocity, Recognition, and Labor Value: Marx’s Incidental Moral Anthropology of Capitalist Market Exchange’, Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol.41, No.1, pp.50-72.

‘Fairtrade in Cultural Context – An Anglo-German Study’ Talk given at the ESRC Seminar European Pathways to Ethical Consumption, 15th November 2010, Scotland House, Brussels


 ‘Ethical Consumption: The Case of Fairtrade (or: Being a Consumer and Being Good)’ in Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Sonderheft 49: Wirtschaftssoziologie, pp.366-85 (open access version here)

‘Ethical Selving in Cultural Context: Fairtrade Consumption as an Everyday Ethical Practice in the UK and Germany’ for International Journal of Consumer Studies, Vol.33, No.2, pp.183-9.

‘Fair Trade and Critical Research: What Role for Academic Comment’ Talk given at the Great Western Research Seminar, 2nd November 2009, University of Exeter

‘The Eccentricity of the Romantic Consumer: Campbell, Simmel and Plessner’, Paper presented at the 4th International Plessner Conference, 16th to 18th September 2009 in Rotterdam


‘After Heroism: Religion vs. Consumerism – Preliminaries for an Investigation of Protestantism and Islam under Consumer Culture’, in: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol.19, No.2, pp.237-255.

‘Consuming the Campesino: Fair Trade between Global Justice and Romantic Commodification’, Cultural Studies, Vol.23, No.4-5

(with Dana Wilson-Kovacs) Fair Trade Consumerism as an Everyday Ethical Practice – A Comparative Perspective. Report of an ESRC-Funded Research Project at the University of Exeter

Fair Trade under Academic Scrutiny – What Can Critical Research Be Good For? Report of ESRC Seminar in Exeter


‘Waste, Industry and Romantic Leisure: Veblen’s Theory of Recognition’, in: European Journal of Social Theory, Vol.9, No.1, pp.103-17.

Entries ‘Leisure Class’ and ‘Thorstein Veblen’ in The Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Sociology, Oxford: Blackwell (Vol.VI, pp.2594-6 and Vol.X, p.5186)

‘Chronic Illness and Chronic Health: Obsolesce and the Persistence of Parsons’ Sick Role Concept’. Paper presented at the STMM Conference Talcott Parsons: Who Now Reads Parsons?, 17th-18th July 2006 at the University of Manchester

‘Consuming the Campesino. Fair Trade between Global Justice and Romantic Commodification’. Paper presented at the ISET Conference Countering Consumerism: Religious and Secular Responses 20th-22nd April 2006, London Metropolitan University


‘Marx, Morality and Management: The Normative Implications of His Labour Value Theory and the Contradictions of HRM’, in: Philosophy of Management, Vol.5, No.2, pp.57-71 Special Issue Marx, Marxism and Global Management edited by David McLellan

‘The Moral Culture of Capitalism – Labour Value, Recognition and Social Justice’ Paper presented at the CRESC Inaugural Conference Culture and Social Change: Disciplinary Exchanges 11th-13th July 2005 in Manchester.


Geld und Gesundheit – Konsum als Transformation von Geld in Moral, Berlin: Logos.


‘Religions vs. Consumer Culture – Protestantism and Islam under the Hegemony of Consumerism.’ Paper presented at the Pavis Centre for Social and Cultural Research Centre Conference “Cultural Returns: Assessing the Place of Culture in Social Thought” 18th – 20th September 2002 in Oxford.


Ferner, Anthony/Quintanilla, Javier/Varul, Matthias Z (2001): ‘Country-of-origin effects, host-country effects, and the management of HR in multinationals: German companies in Britain and Spain’. In: Journal of World Business, Vol.36, pp.107-127.

‘Æstheticised Ethics: A Case of Implicit Moralisation of Health Consumption’. Paper presented at the BSA Consumption Study Group Seminar Ethical Consumption at the Open University, Milton Keynes, 9th November 2001.

‘Von der chronischen Krankheit zur chronischen Gesundheit. Phänomene der Regierung und der Konsumgesellschaft’. Paper presented at the joint conference of the sections for medical sociology of the German, Austrian and Swiss sociological associations Chronisch kranke Menschen zwischen Gesundheitsversorgung und Alltagsbewältigung. Wien 2001

Ferner, Anthony/Varul, Matthias Z: ‘The National Embeddedness of “Corporate Culture”: A Comparison of German and US Multinational Companies in Britain’. Invited Conference Paper, Anglo-German Workshop Industrial Relations – An Anachronism? Tübingen 2001


Ferner, Anthony/Varul, Matthias Z. (2000): ‘Internationalisation and the personnel function in German multinationals’. In: Human Resource Management Journal, Vol.10, pp.79-96.

Ferner A, Varul M (2000): ‘“Vanguard” subsidiaries and the diffusion of new practices: A case study of German multinationals’. In: British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol.38, pp.115-40.


Ferner, Anthony /Varul, Matthias Z. (1999): The German Way. German Multinationals and the Management of Human Resources in their UK Subsidiaries. London: Anglo-German Foundation

Varul, Matthias Z. (1999): ‘Industrial Relations in German-owned Companies in the UK’ EIRO online, January.


Varul, Matthias Zick (1996): Selbsterhaltung durch Selbstaufgabe. Arbeit und Subjektivität unter den Neuen Produktionskonzepten. Ein Versuch Vereinnahmung zu erklären. Magisterarbeit, Tübingen.

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