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The Emergence of Contemporary Consumer Culture
The Emergence of Contemporary Consumer Culture
Steven Miles

The sociology of consumption perhaps reached something of a zenith in the late 1990s to early 2000s. At least the case for arguing that consumption was worthy of critical sociological investigation in its own right appeared to have, to all intents and purposes, been won. The sociology of consumption was the product of the realization that consumption shapes social relations and social meanings in as fundamental a way as production. It was upon this basis that consumption established itself as a legitimate focus for the sociological imagination, and a whole raft of books, articles and conceptual contributions reflected as much (see for example Edwards, 2000; Miles, 1998; Slater, 1997). In practice the ...

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