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Consumption and Everyday Life

Consumption and Everyday Life

Edited by:
  • Hugh Mackay - Open University in Wales, United Kingdom

Volume: 5

August 1997 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Reviewing key contemporary issues and debates about consumption, this volume portrays and assesses the varied and complex intersections of consumption and everyday life. Throughout, the contributors show how cultural consumption involves a range of active, creative, and critical practices. The rich and idiosyncratic nature of local consumption practices is illustrated through cases from different parts of the world. Through such cases, the contributors show the varying balance between constraint and creativity, links between consumption and production, and the patterns that shape access to symbolic and material resources. Consumption takes place in the context of everyday lives, which take place in space: questions of place and identity, the privatization of the home, and the linking of local everyday practices with broader, global processes are explored. Particular attention is given to the media and new communication technologies as points of overlap and exchange between the local and the global, between domestic consumption and the public sphere. The book is written in an accessible style, and each chapter includes questions and activities for students, and selected readings. The book will be of interest to students and lecturers across a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, communication, cultural and media studies, and geography.

Daniel Miller
Consumption and its Consequences
Ruth Finnegan
`Storying the Self'
Personal Narratives and Identity

Ruth Finnegan
Music, Performance and Enactment
Nigel Thrift
`Us' and `Them'
Re-Imagining Places, Re-Imagining Identities

Shaun Moores
Broadcasting and its Audience
Hugh Mackay
Consuming Communications Technologies at Home

Case studies too oriented towards digital products for most of the cohort's focus

Dr Peter Oakley
Gold/Silversmithing,Metalwork&Jeweller, Royal College of Art
November 15, 2016

A useful introduction to students new to the topic.

Dr Emma-Jayne Abbots
School of Humanities, University of Wales, Trinity St David
July 11, 2013