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The Sociology of Consumption : An Introduction - Peter Corrigan

The Sociology of Consumption

An Introduction

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This introduction to the sociology of consumption critcally examines the relation between produciton and consumption in late capitalist societies. After a detailed historical overview of the advents of consumer society, the author examines theoretical accounts of consumption and consumer practice, in particular: Veblen and conspicuous consumption practice; Mary Douglas on the world of goods; Jean Baudrillard on the system of objects; and Pierre Bourdieu on cultural capital. The student is then invited to make use of the tools provided by the theoretical and historical discussion to examine key themes such as the "shopping experience"; advertizing and print media and their relation to gender and identity; food and the "civilizing process"; the tourist gaze and the heritage industry; and the grammar of fashion.

Advents of the Consuming Society
Theoretical Approaches to Consumption
Objects, Commodities and Non-Commodities
Shops and Shopping
The Department Store
Women's Magazines
The Home
Food and Drink
The Body
Clothing and Fashion
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ISBN: 9780761950110
ISBN-10: 0761950117
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34