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Consumption : Key Ideas - Robert Bocock


Key Ideas

Paperback Published: 4th January 2002
ISBN: 9780415069625
Number Of Pages: 144

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"Consumption" provides a critical overview of major sociological approaches to this subject, discussing it in the context of both modern and postmodern societies. Robert Bocock offers a distinctive analysis of the ideology of consumerism and the role of consumption as a socio-cultural process.
Bocock first examines the role of consumption in early modern Western society, and then analyzes its emergence in the early 20th century up through the 1990s. His historical analysis provides the starting point for an analysis of consumption between the 1950s and the present day. Also examined are the contributions of leading writers in the field, including Veblen, Simmel, Marx, Gramsci, Weber, Bourdieu, Lacan and Baudrillard.
"Consumption" builds upon Bocock's earlier study of symbols and rituals in industrial societies, Freud and the concept of hegemony. Rejecting the theoretical anti-humanism of structuralist paradigms in the social sciences, Bocock attempts to formulate a more concrete and practical approach to sociology. Bocock addresses such issues as the emergence of modern consumption, theorizing about consumption, its relation to the symbolic, and the construction of gender and desire.

Introductionp. 1
The emergence of modern consumerismp. 10
Early patterns of consumption
Industrial capitalism and consumption
Later developments
The new consumers
Theorising consumptionp. 34
Production and commodities
Cultural values
Alienation and consumption
The role of consumption in modern capitalism
Consumption and the symbolicp. 53
The turn to structuralism
The symbolic and consumption
Desires, identity and consumptionp. 76
The flux of desire
Gender and consumption
Conclusionp. 109
Bibliographyp. 120
Author indexp. 127
Subject indexp. 129
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ISBN: 9780415069625
ISBN-10: 0415069629
Series: Key Ideas
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 4th January 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.71 x 12.93  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1