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The first volume of this two-volume collection of my work was largely theoretical and metatheoretical (Explorations in Social Theory). This volume focuses on material that involves the application of an array of theoretical ideas to consumption. Thus, these are simultaneously chapters in applied social theory and in the sociology of consumption. However, while they are largely works in applied social theory, they have their metatheoretical elements. For example, Chapter 9 is mainly a metatheoretical analysis of the work related to consumption of a French school of neo-Marxian theory, the situationists, and Chapter 10 does a similar analysis of the path-breaking contributions of Thorstein Veblen to our understanding of consumption. While these two chapters are primarily metatheoretical in character, their main goal is to enhance ...

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