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About Lorraine Plourde

Lorraine Plourde is Assistant Professor of Media, Society & the Arts and Anthropology at SUNY Purchase. Follow her here

Articles by Lorraine Plourde

This week’s editor

Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Why do people go to cat cafes? Loneliness and relaxation in a time of neoliberalism

After I began researching the explosion of ‘cat cafes’ in post-economic bubble Japan, I discovered an entire healing industry devoted to the commodification of intimacy.

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