Consumer Culture and Postmodernism / Edition 1

Consumer Culture and Postmodernism / Edition 1

by Mike Featherstone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803984154

ISBN-13: 9780803984158

Pub. Date: 01/28/1991

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Implicit within claims that society itself is in some sense postmodern is an argument about the priority of consumption as a determinant of everyday life. In this view, mass media advertising and market dynamics lead to a constant search for new fashions, new styles, new sensations and experiences. Material goods are consumed as 'communicators'; they are valued as

Overview

Implicit within claims that society itself is in some sense postmodern is an argument about the priority of consumption as a determinant of everyday life. In this view, mass media advertising and market dynamics lead to a constant search for new fashions, new styles, new sensations and experiences. Material goods are consumed as 'communicators'; they are valued as signifiers of taste and of lifestyle. This volume examines the viability of this portrait of contemporary society. Mike Featherstone explores the roots of consumer culture, how it is defined and differentiated and the extent to which it represents the arrival of a 'postmodern' world. He examines the theories of consumption and postmodernism among contemporary social theorists such

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803984158
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Series:
Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series , #6
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
In Pursuit of the Postmodern
Theories of Consumer Culture
Towards a Sociology of Postmodern Culture
Postmodernism, Cultural Change and Social Practice
Postmodernism and the Aestheticization of Everyday Life
Lifestyle and Consumer Culture
City Cultures and Postmodern Lifestyles
Postmodernism, Consumer Culture and Global Disorder
Common Culture or Uncommon Cultures?

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