Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. Specially edited and written by a range of international experts, key ideas are succinctly explained and illustrated beyond a simple definition. Further reading suggestions and cross-referencing provide the reader with means to develop their knowledge further.

With over 50 entries, from Actor Network Theory to Utopianism, readers have instant access and explanation of the most influential concepts in CMS literature. Clear and engaging, this will provide strong support for all courses involving critical management and is a perfect resource for anyone with an interest in this field.

Consumer Culture

Consumer culture

Definition: Consumer culture refers to how the consumption of goods, services and brands structure social actions and interpersonal relations.

Whilst consumption has been classically defined as an end-point in the exchange process, or as a process entailing the acquisition, usage and disposal of goods, to say that we live in a consumer culture implies that our lives and relationships can be understood according to how we engage with the goods and services that we purchase and use. In this sense, a consumer culture is part of the lived experience within capitalism, where our daily needs and desires are both produced and then addressed within the marketplace and where people relate to each other as representatives and owners of those goods and services (Marx, ...

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