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This lucid introduction to the sociology of consumerism examines the relationship between production and consumption in late capitalist societies. The historical and theoretical discussion provides the student with the tools to examine key themes in the sociology of consumption. After a detailed historical overview of the advent of consumer society, Peter Corrigan examines theoretical accounts of consumption and consumer practice, including: Veblen and conspicuous consumption; Mary Douglas on the world of goods; Jean Baudrillard on the system of objects; and Pierre Bourdieu on cultural capital. This historical and theoretical discussion provides the student with the tools to examine key themes in the socio

Food and Drink
Food and drink

Recent sociological accounts of food and drink have tended to be of two different sorts. Writers such as Stephen Mennell (1985, 1987) attempt to locate changes in eating and drinking practices within the overall changes in social structure that sprang from the transition from agricultural to industrial societies, a process that has by no means come to an end in our constantly transforming period of history. This socio-historical approach was inspired by the work of Norbert Elias (1994 [1939]) on the civilizing process, and traces the increasingly refined ways in which we accomplish our daily consuming activities. For example, there has been a tendency for meat to appear on our tables looking less and less like the animal that it ...

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