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

Acts of Consumption

Acts of consumption

Having explored some the similarities and differences between acts of production and consumption in terms of motivations, needs, values and rationalities, we now turn our attention to exploring the specific types of activity which preoccupy people in consumption-based society. What does a society in which most people are involved in the activities of consumption look like? How are people spending their time (and money)? In this discussion we are focusing squarely on things which go on within the consumption side, specifically the activities of final consumption performed by private individuals (we are not in other words, going to say very much about productive consumption and the production-side of things).

A Typology of Simple and Complex Consumption

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