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This is a model of what a text book ought to be. Over the past decade the original debates about consumption have been overlaid by a vast amount of detailed research, and it seems unimaginable that a single text couuld do justice to all of these. To do so would involve as much a commitment to depth as to breadth. I was quite astonished at how well Sassatelli succeeds in balancing the two. It covers a huge amount of ground in its three main sections which are roughly historical, theories of consumer agency, and finally the politics of consumption...
Thorough coverage of the field overall. Good reference to secondary literature
An informative and thoughtful approach to consumer culture
Provides a compelling overview of the genesis of modern consumer society in its cultural facetts. Comprehensive and well suitable for undergraduate students without prior knowledge of the field.
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