Carefully analyzing the impact of the rise of consumer society it deftly argues that the saturation of the modern ideals of progress, individualism, and the democratic state has limited lifestyle regulation to stressing the self-responsibility of individuals within a free market. The book critically examines:Neo-Liberal ideology and the free marketThe Sociology of ModernityThe New Consumer SocietyCitizenship in Mass SocietyThe power of AutonomyThe interaction of Regulation and Agency
Chapter 3: The Good Order of Nature: Progress and Criticism in Adam Smith's Sociology of Modernity
The Good Order of Nature: Progress and Criticism in Adam Smith's Sociology of Modernity
For to what purpose is all the toil and bustle of this world? Is it to supply the necessities of nature? The wages of the meanest labourer can supply them … If we examine his oeconomy with rigour, we should find that he spends a great part of them upon conveniences which may be regarded as super fluidities, and that, upon extraordinary occasions, he can give something even to vanity and distinction.
Progress towards What?
Are natural lifestyles possible? Is there a natural order of society? To anyone with the slightest familiarity with established sociological theory, even to ask ...