The Sociology of Consumption

Author: Peter Corrigan
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761950117
Release Date: 1997-09-28
Genre: Social Science

This lucid introduction to the sociology of consumerism examines the relationship between production and consumption in late capitalist societies. The historical and theoretical discussion provides the student with the tools to examine key themes in the sociology of consumption. After a detailed historical overview of the advent of consumer society, Peter Corrigan examines theoretical accounts of consumption and consumer practice, including: Veblen and conspicuous consumption; Mary Douglas on the world of goods; Jean Baudrillard on the system of objects; and Pierre Bourdieu on cultural capital. This historical and theoretical discussion provides the student with the tools to examine key themes in the socio

The Sociology of Consumption

Author: Joel Stillerman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745696911
Release Date: 2015-08-20
Genre: Social Science

The Sociology of Consumption: A Global Approach offers college students, scholars, and interested readers a state-of-the-art overview of consumption the desire for, purchase, use, display, exchange, and disposal of goods and services. The book’s global focus, emphasis on social inequality, and analysis of consumer citizenship offer a timely, exciting, and original approach to the topic. Looking beyond the U.S. and Europe, Stillerman engages examples from his and others’ research in Chile and other Latin American countries, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and East and South Asia to explore the interaction between global and local forces in consumption. The text explores the lived experience of being a consumer, demonstrating how social inequalities based on class, gender, sexuality, race, and age shape consumer practices and identities. Finally, the book uncovers the important role consumption has played in fueling local and international activism. This welcome new book will be ideal for classes on consumer culture across the social sciences, humanities, and marketing.

The Consumption Reader

Author: David B. Clarke
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415213770
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Science

This reader offers an essential selection of the best work on the Consumer Society. It brings together in an engaging, surprising, and thought provoking way, a diverse range of topics and theoretical perspectives.

Explorations in the Sociology of Consumption

Author: George Ritzer
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412933292
Release Date: 2001-04-11
Genre: Social Science

In this book, one of the leading social theorists and cultural commentators of modern times, turns his gaze on consumption. George Ritzer, author of the famous McDonaldization Thesis, demonstrates the irrational consequences of the rational desire to consume and commodify. He examines how McDonaldization might be resisted, and situates the reader in the new cultural spaces that are emerging in society: shopping malls, casino hotels, Disneyfied theme parks and Las Vegas, the new `cathedrals of consumption' as he calls them. The book shows how new processes of consumption relate to globalization theory. In illuminating discussions of the work of Thorstein Veblen and the French situationists, Ritzer unearths the roots of problems of consumption in older sociological traditions. He indicates how transgression is bound up with consumption, through an investigation of the obscene in popular and postmodern culture.

Leben als Konsum

Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: Hamburger Edition HIS
ISBN: 9783868549188
Release Date: 2017-02-28
Genre: Social Science

"Ich shoppe, also bin ich ..." – so fasst Zygmunt Bauman den Wandel unserer Gesellschaft zusammen, die sich von einer Gesellschaft der Produzenten in eine Gesellschaft der Konsumenten transformiert. In dieser Verbrauchergesellschaft werden die Individuen selbst zur Ware, sie müssen sich auf dem Markt als Konsumgut bewerben und verkaufen. Sie sind zugleich Konsument, aber auch Handelsartikel und Vermarkter, Ware und Verkäufer. Der Wandel, den Zygmunt Bauman im Blick hat, beruht auf der Verschiebung der Dominanz von der Produktion zur Konsumtion und einer daraus folgenden Neudefinition des Menschen. Zygmunt Bauman untersucht die Auswirkungen der vom Konsum bestimmten Haltungen und Verhaltensmuster auf verschiedene, scheinbar nicht miteinander verbundene Aspekte des sozialen Lebens: auf Politik und Demokratie, soziale Spaltungen und Schichtungen, auf Gemeinschaften und Partnerschaften, Identitätsbildung und die Produktion sowie den Gebrauch von Wissen und Wertorientierungen. Mit dem Schwinden der moralischen Integration in Gruppen und Familien mindert sich auch die Bereitschaft,im Kleinen Verantwortung für andere zu übernehmen und im Großen einen Sozialstaat einzufordern. Und die Armen erscheinen nicht mehr als (potentielle) Arbeitskräfte oder Objekte des Sozialstaates, sondern als gescheiterte Verbraucher, als nicht brauchbare Güter. Da sie in einer solchen Gesellschaft völlig nutzlos sind, werden sie als menschlicher "Abfall" angesehen, für den – im Zeichen der Deregulierung – niemand Verantwortung zu übernehmen hat. Die Invasion und Kolonisierung des Geflechts menschlicher Beziehungen durch marktinspirierte und -geformte Weltanschauungen und Verhaltensmuster sind – neben den Quellen des Unmuts, des Dissens und des gelegentlichen Widerstands gegen diese "Besatzungsmächte" – die zentralen Themen dieses Buches.

Boutiques and Other Retail Spaces

Author: David Vernet
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134228379
Release Date: 2007-08-17
Genre: Architecture

Presenting a critical and theoretical dimension to retail design, Boutiques and Other Retail Spaces links the ideas behind it to real practice in this innovative and important contribution to architectural/interior theory literature. Retail structure has been subject to a dramatic and ongoing transformation over the past thirty years, materializing in the emergence of large-scale out-of-town shopping centres and new specialized shops in city centres. These specialized boutiques are highly designed, involving well-known architectural firms such as OMA/Rem Koolhaas, David Chipperfield, Herzog + de Meuron amongst others. With case studies and over 100 black and white images, Vernet and de Wit set forth original and well-grounded theory to accompany this popular and lucrative area of work.

Ordinary Consumption

Author: Jukka Groncow
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136604928
Release Date: 2013-01-11
Genre: Social Science

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Author: Alan Aldridge
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745625304
Release Date: 2003-09-19
Genre: Social Science

This book provides a clear and concise introduction to the concept of consumption and to the wide-ranging debates about the nature and consequences of consumer society. Community and social class appear to be in irreversible decline. Job insecurity has grown, and fewer people see work as giving meaning to their lives. Instead they turn to consumption for social standing, a sense of identity, and personal fulfilment. We appear to be living through a profound transition from a society based on production to a new social order, the consumer society, from which there is little chance of escape. The book analyses the relationship between the rise of consumerism and the transformation of the world of work, including the new demands for ‘emotional labour’. It concludes by examining the limitations of consumer organizations and consumer protection in a promotional culture dominated by global brands and saturated with advertising, corporate sponsorship and product placement. This lively book will be essential reading for students and researchers in sociology and cultural studies.

The Wedding Present

Author: Dr Louise Purbrick
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781472440242
Release Date: 2014-02-28
Genre: Social Science

In this fascinating work, Louise Purbrick offers an alternative analysis of contemporary domestic consumption. She investigates the ritualized presentation of objects upon marriage, and their subsequent cycles of exchange within the domestic sphere. Focusing on gift-giving in Britain from 1945 to the present, comparative context is provided by material from North America and Europe. Presenting new material on the enactment of exchange relationships within everyday domesticity, the book makes significant historical, theoretical and methodological contributions to the analysis of contemporary consumption. It also re-evaluates consumption theory as well as examining the methodology of recent studies in consumption and domesticity, pressing for a more rigorous approach to the use of case studies. By considering how the specific contexts in which consumption occurs, such as married domesticity, can limit possible versions of selfhood, The Wedding Present tests the assumption that consuming creates individual identities. Thus, the book argues, consumption cannot be isolated as an explanation of individual or social formation.


Author: David Chaney
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134817351
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Social Science

In the modern world our lifestyle helps to define our attitudes and values as well as show our wealth and social position. This clearly written introduction to the concept of lifestyle offers a concise guide to how the term is used in sociological accounts to refer to this modern social form. Lifestyles explores * how we should classify lifestyles * why they have become more important * what precisely constitutes a lifestyle. By reviewing a wide range of published material, introducing central themes in the sociology of modern life, examining distinctive styles in social theory and offering its own original contribution to current debates, Lifestyles provides students with a much needed overview of this often misused term.

Consuming Interests

Author: Andrew Flynn
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135357993
Release Date: 2005-09-30
Genre: Science

Combining theory, research and policy Consuming Interests provides a topical interdisciplinary exploration into the nature of food provision, policy and regulation. The book provides a detailed examination of corporate retailers, state agencies and consumer organisations involved in the food sector. The analysis explores questions including: * what can the public expect from the state * what limits are there on state action * what are the most appropriate balances between public and private interests in the provision of 'quality' foods.

Consuming Places

Author: John Urry
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415113113
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Social Science

Contains significant essays on the sociology of place. Interrogates nature of time and place, how places are economically and culturally transformed and the ways in which travel has changed nature and the environment.

Au enseiter

Author: Howard S. Becker
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783658012540
Release Date: 2013-12-11
Genre: Social Science

​ „Der Mensch mit abweichendem Verhalten ist ein Mensch, auf den diese Bezeichnung erfolgreich angewandt worden ist; abweichendes Verhalten ist Verhalten, das Menschen als solches bezeichnen“: Es ist einer der klassischen Sätze der Devianzsoziologie in einem der Klassiker des Feldes. Howard S. Becker betont fernab von alten und simplistischen Fragen danach, „warum Menschen Regeln brechen“, welche Situationen und welche Prozesse dazu führen, dass Menschen in Positionen geraten, in denen sie als „Regelbrecher“ betitelt werden, wie sie mit diesen Positionen umgehen und sich auch gegen diese wehren. „Außenseiter“ erschien erstmals 1963 in New York und wurde 1981 bei S. Fischer in deutscher Übersetzung publiziert. Seit den frühen neunziger Jahren vergriffen, liegt hier nun eine von Michael Dellwing überarbeitete und herausgegebene Version vor.