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Consumer Culture History, Theory and Politics

ISBN-10: 1412911818
ISBN-13: 9781412911818
Edition: 2007
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Description: We are inescapably confronted by ???consumer society??? and ???consumer culture???: the inexhaustible world of goods and the declarations that we are born to consume and are defined by our consumption. But do we know what this really means ??? and  More...

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List price: $63.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 5/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

We are inescapably confronted by ???consumer society??? and ???consumer culture???: the inexhaustible world of goods and the declarations that we are born to consume and are defined by our consumption. But do we know what this really means ??? and is it so simple? Showing the cultural and institutional processes that have brought the notion of the ???consumer??? to life, this book guides the reader on a comprehensive journey through the history of how we have come to understand ourselves as consumers in a consumer society and reveals the profound ambiguities and ambivalences inherent within. Rooted in sociology, Roberta Sassatelli also draws on history, anthropology, geography, and economics to give: A history of the rise of consumer culture around the world A richly illustrated analysis of theory from neo-classical economics, to critical theory, to theories of practice and ritual de-commoditization A compelling discussion of the politics underlying our consumption practices An exemplary introduction to the history and theory of consumer culture, this book provides nuanced answers to some of the most central questions of our time. Consumer Culture will be essential reading for students and researchers in the many disciplines that now study consumer culture, including sociology, cultural studies and history.

The Rise of Consumer Culture
Capitalism and the Consumer Revolution
Consumption, Production and Exchange
The Genesis of Consumer Capitalism
From Courts to Cities, from Luxuries to Fashion
The Cultural Production of Economic Value
Commodity Flows, Knowledge Flows
The Invention of the Consumer and the cultural trajectories of good
Consumer Society as Historical Type
Theories of Consumer Agency
Utility and Social Competition
The Sovereign Consumer
The Limits of Economic Rationality
Fashion, Style and Conspicuous Consumption
Beyond Emulation
Needs, Manipulation and Simulation
From Commodity Fetishism to Critical Theory
Nature, Authenticity and Resistance
Post-Modern Pessimism
Social Relations and Consumption
Taste, Identity and Practices
Taste and Distinction
Cultural Classification and Identity
Appropriating Commodities
Ambivalence and Practice
The Politics of Consumption
Representation and Consumerism
The Anti-Consumerist Rhetoric and the Apology of Consumption
Advertising Cultures and their Languages
The Functions and Meanings of Ads
Ideology, Social Differences and Consumerism
Commodities and Consumers
Commoditization and De-commoditization
Goods, Values and the Boundaries of Commoditization
The Normalization of Consumption
Contexts of Consumption
Leisure, Commercial Institutions and Public Places
The Home, the Commercialization of Feelings and Cultural Consumption
Local Consumption in Mcdonaldized settings
Alternative Consumption and Social Movements

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