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The Sociology of Consumption
An Introduction



© 1997 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This lucid and comprehensive introduction to the sociology of consumerism critically examines the relation between production and consumption in late capitalist societies. The Sociology of Consumption begins with a detailed historical overview of the coming of consumer society, examining the diverse literatureùfrom McCracken to Campbellùthat relates patters of consumption to politics, economics, and the culture of "self-satisfaction." Peter Corrigan then examines theoretical accounts of consumption and consuimer practices. Beginning with Veblen and conspicuous consumption, he provides detailed explanations of the often baffling work of, among others, Jean Baudrillard on the system of objects and Pierre Bourdieu on distinction and cultural capital. These historical and theoretical discussions provide the student with the tools required to examine key themes in the sociology of consumption. These themes include: the "shopping experience" from the department store to the shopping mall, the modern to the postmodern; advertising and print media and their relation to gender and identity; food and the "civilizing process"; the tourist gaze and the Heritage Industry; and the grammar of fashion. Illustrated throughout with examples and figures, The Sociology of Consumption will be essential reading for students of sociology and cultural studies.
 
Introduction
Advents of the Consuming Society  
 
Theoretical Approaches to Consumption
 
Objects, Commodities and Non-Commodities
 
Shops and Shopping
The Department Store  
 
Advertising
 
Women's Magazines
 
The Home
 
Food and Drink
 
Tourism
 
The Body
 
Clothing and Fashion
 
Conclusion

A coherent, well conceived and organised book. Similar to others however and while I will suggest it as an alternative text I will not include it as primary.

Dr Jill O'Mahony
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
October 20, 2011

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