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Consumption can be understood as the complex sphere of social relations and discourses that center on the sale, purchase, and use of commodities by individuals and households. Consumption, as more than an act of purchase, considers the range of practices and discourses through which people make and give meaning to goods and services, including choice and selection, rituals of use, resale, and disposal. While consumption implies the using up of things, it also involves the production of meaning, experiences, knowledges, or objects. Central to the notion of consumption is the commodity—a good, service, idea, or even person, which takes its form as an object of consumption and exchange. In capitalist societies, commodities exchanged through an economic system assume a use value (the capacity to satisfy ...

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