Consumer Culture

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Overview

The phrase "shop till you drop" has become as American as apple pie and the trend does not appear to be slowing. Consumer Culture begins with the history of the consumer culture, which reveals that our fascination with consuming shows not only the hidden significance of everyday items, such as sugar and fashionable clothing, but also reveals the uniqueness of our way of life.

Consumer Culture also presents the views of economists and sociologists who see consumption as an expression of freedom. The book covers the social impact of consumption, examining such dubious milestones as physical attacks upon McDonald's and Starbucks, and best sellers that are critical of consumption. There is coverage of important research, such as whether consumers are making rational or impulsive choices and the effect of advertising on children.

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"[A] beneficial resource in studying the history and development of consumption in society. Part of the Contemporary World Issues series, it is written to be understood by high school and college students, various scholars and researchers, and general readers . . . it provides a solid beginning for students and scholars to begin their research into the study of consumption and its social and global implications."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576079751
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
1 From Consumption to Consumer Culture 1
2 The Contradictions of Consumer Culture 27
3 The Consumption of Anticonsumption 49
4 Stigmatizing Inequality in Consumer Culture 75
5 Anonymous Inequality in Global Consumer Culture 109
6 People, Events, Trends, and Organizations 141
7 Organizations, Associations, and Government and International Agencies 163
8 Print and Nonprint Resources 167
Index 237
About the Authors 251
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