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Consumption and Class : Divisions and Change - Roger Burrows

Consumption and Class

Divisions and Change

By: Roger Burrows (Editor), Catherine Marsh (Editor)

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Published: 19th November 1991
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This volume presents a collection of empirical and theoretical papers written by some of the leading sociologists in the UK. The contributions have in common a concern to come to terms with the complex divisions and changes which have occurred both within and between the spheres of consumption and production. The topics dealt with include: theorizing the relationship between consumption and production; the social construction of consumers; housing tenure mobility and social class; the politics of social class mobility; public and private health provision; changes in the NHS; divisions in the "service class"; the role of the "service class" in the culture of consumerism; and divisions and change in access to higher education. The recent work of Peter Saunders - the leading representative of the sociological New Right - provides the initial stimulus for many of the papers, but all go beyond his conception of the sociology of consumption and offer powerful critiques of his liberal analysis of patterns of social inequality.

List of Tables and Figures - Preface - Notes on the Contributors - Consumption, Class and Contemporary Sociology; R.Burrows & C.Marsh - Notes on the Relationship Between Production and Consumption; A.Warde - Constructing Consumers and Consumer Protection: The Case of the Life Insurance Industry in the United Kingdom; G.Morgan & D.Knights - Social Class, Consumption Divisions and Housing Mobility; M.Savage, P.Watt & S.Arber - Medicine and Markets: Power, Choice and the Consumption of Private Medical Care; J.Busfield - Principles and Practice: the Case of Private Health Insurance; M.Calnan & S.Cant - Managed Markets: Consumers and Producers in the National Health Service; R.Flynn - Patterns of Social Consciousness amongst the Middle Classes; R.Crompton - Thirtysomething and Contemporary Consumer Culture: Distinctiveness and Distinction; F.Bonner & P.Du Gay - Class Differences in Access to Higher Education; C.Marsh & R.M.Blackburn - Competing Views of Contemporary Social Mobility and Social Divisions; G.Payne - Index

ISBN: 9780333565360
ISBN-10: 0333565363
Series: Divisions and Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 19th November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 3