The central question in Work, Consumption and Culture is whether consumption has now displaced production as the defining factor in the lives of those in the industrialized West. This book offers a comprehensive review of the key issues in the production/consumption debate, and where it might lead in the future. Key to Paul Ransome’s argument is the hypothesis that affluence is the crucial factor in the shift away from work and towards consumption. Uniquely emphasizing the links between work, consumption and culture, rather than keeping each element separate, the author looks at:- the changing significance of work in society - the meaning, growth and significance of affluence - the growing importance of consumption as a source of identity and its implications the impact of the shift to consumption on work/life balance Work, Consumption and Culture engages the reader with its lively debating style. It is an essential introduction for sociology and cultural studies students on courses relating to consumption and the role of work in contemporary society.`This book offers a balanced account of the changing importance of work and consumption in contemporary industrial society. Clearly written, the author identifies the central role that affluence plays in the relationship between work and consumption, and in the development of social life and individual identity' - Professor Paul Blyton, Cardiff Business School

Work-Based Society

Work-based society

Our basic strategy will be to set up an opposition between an ideal-typical work-based society on the one hand and a consumption-based society on the other. This will allow us to examine the characteristics of one type in direct contrast with the characteristics of the other. In deploying this dualism we are not suggesting that either social type has ever existed in its purest form, or that these are the only ways of categorising the leading features of societies which currently exist in the industrialised West. Nor are we claiming that one type will always and inevitably give way to the other in faithful historical sequence. What we are hoping to do however, is to develop some closer sociological understanding of the ...

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