• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book provides an introduction to the historical and theoretical foundations of consumerism. It then moves on to examine the experience of consumption in the areas of space and place, technology, fashion, `popular' music and sport. Throughout, the author brings a critical perspective to bear upon the subject, thus providing a reliable and stimulating guide to a complex and many-sided field.

Consumerism in Context
Consumerism in context

Although the intention of this book is to avoid an overly theoretical conception of consumption, and as such to perceive consumerism as a situated activity rather than as an abstract social phenomenon, it is necessary to provide some theoretical foundations from which the broader issues I identified in Chapter 1 can be developed. From this basis it might be possible to begin to construct what might be described tentatively as a ‘sociology of consumerism’. In this chapter I will therefore consider relevant approaches to the following questions. What role does consumption play in classical social theory? Which key figures are associated with the more recent emergence of a sociology of consumption? What is the relationship between consumption and postmodernism? And, ...

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