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Consumer Society Reader - Martyn J. Lee

Consumer Society Reader

By: Martyn J. Lee (Editor)


Published: 15th February 2000
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"The Consumer Society Reader" is the most substantial collection of classic and contemporary readings on consumption and consumer society for students of cultural studies and sociology of culture. From Karl Marx to Jean Baudrillard, the volume introduces students and researchers to the topics, themes, and preoccupations of twentieth-century consumer culture.

"Cleverly selected and lucidly introduced, this collection ofreadings offers a solid and engaged resource that should beindispensable for courses in this area across a wide range ofdisciplines. Martyn Lee's work will help students find their waythrough the overgrown jungle of consumption studies to its mostimportant paths." Don Slater, Goldsmiths College, University of London

"Comprehensive and authoritative, this collection constitutes asurvival kit for teachers and researchers working in the field ofconsumer society." Chris Rojek, Nottingham TrentUniversity


Introduction. .

Part I: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations.

1. Estranged Labour (Karl Marx).

2. The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret (Karl Marx).

3.Beyond Use Value (Jean Baudrillard).

4. Conspicuous Consumption (Thorstein Veblen).

5. The Puzzle of Modern Consumerism (Colin Campbell).

6. The Uses of Goods (Mary Douglas and Baron Isherwood).

7. Introduction to Distinction (Pierre Bourdieu).

8. Lifestyle and Consumer Culture (Mike Featherstone).

9. Object Domains, Ideology and Interests (Daniel Miller).

10. Object as Image: the Italian Scooter Cycle (Dick Hebdige).

11. "Making Do": Uses and Tactics (Michel de Certeau).

Part II: The Character of the Consumer Society.

12. Looking Backwards (Don Slater).

13. Assembling a New World of Facts (Stuart Ewen).

14. Was There Love on the Dole (Gary Cross).

15. A Child's Cartography (Sharon Zukin).

16. The Dependence Effect (John Kenneth Galbraith).

17. Vance Packard: "Growthmanship" (Vance Packard).

18. Textiles: The Fabric of Life (Ernest Dichter).

19. A New Language (Jean Baudrillard).

20. Aesthetic Abstraction of the Commodity: Surface-Package-Advertising Image (Wolfgang Fritz Haug).

21. The Bonding of Media and Advertising (William Leiss, Stephen Kline, and Sut Jhally).

22. The Characteristic Mode of Consumption of Fordism (Michel Aglietta).

23. Theorizing the Transition (David Harvey).

24. The Politics of Consumption (Frank Mort).

25. The Commodities of Culture (John Fiske).

26. Dupes and Guerillas: The Dialectics of Cultural Consumption (John Clarke).

27. Sovereign Consumption (Jim McGuigan).

28. The Promotional Condition of Contemporary Culture (Andrew Wernick).

Name Index.

Subject Index.

ISBN: 9780631207986
ISBN-10: 0631207988
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 15th February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.94  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1