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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.

Consuming Space, Consuming Place
Consuming space, consuming place

Having already outlined some of the main theoretical and contextual debates concerning the potential social impact of consumerism, in this chapter I want to begin to map this impact further by considering in some detail the role that sites of consumption play in the construction of consumerism as a way of life. To this end, I will begin by outlining how consumption affects our lived environment, considering in turn the sociological implications of the experiential nature of sites of consumption. I intend to do so, first of all, by briefly asking, what are the spatial dimensions of consumerism? I will then move on to discuss the impact of retail development on the lived environment, before looking, more specifically, ...

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