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Consumption, Markets, Technology and Cultural Trade
Consumption, markets, technology and cultural trade

A starting point for thinking about cultural markets and the creative industries is to consider how consumption has been understood, both historically and analytically, and the ways in which the relationship between culture and consumption has been interpreted. Human societies have always engaged in consumption, but consumption in its contemporary sense is associated with what has been termed consumer society, which is in turn linked to the rise of capitalism and modernity. Historical work has suggested that consumer society is by no means simply a phenomenon that emerged in the twentieth century. The economic historian Ann Bermingham has argued that ‘one of the most extraordinary aspects of mass consumption since the seventeenth century … ...

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