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Lifestyle

  • By: Kevin Hetherington
  • In: Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
  • Edited by: Dale Southerton
  • Subject:Sociology of Consumption, Consumer Psychology, Consumer Culture

The idea of lifestyle has a long history that is closely associated with consumption practices and consumer culture. It refers to the ways in which people express their identities through the practices that they are engaged in, notably outside of the area of work and typically within the arena of consumption. In particular, it is a term often associated with matters of how people communicate their tastes through their individual everyday interests and practices.

While there was a surge of interest in the question of lifestyle in the 1990s within sociological and cultural studies, styles of life sometimes associated with social class position were an important issue for early sociological writers, such as Thorstein Veblen, Georg Simmel, and Max Weber, at the end of the nineteenth ...

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