The Consumer Society Reader / Edition 1

The Consumer Society Reader / Edition 1

by Juliet Schor
     
 

ISBN-10: 1565845986

ISBN-13: 9781565845985

Pub. Date: 08/01/2000

Publisher: New Press, The


A unique and definitive reader on our "national passion"—buying stuff—and its consequences for American society. We are citizens, owners and workers, believers and heathens, but today more than anything else we are consumers. How this came to be and its consequences for us all is the subject of this pioneering reader on the rise—and continued…  See more details below

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A unique and definitive reader on our "national passion"—buying stuff—and its consequences for American society. We are citizens, owners and workers, believers and heathens, but today more than anything else we are consumers. How this came to be and its consequences for us all is the subject of this pioneering reader on the rise—and continued rise—of consumerism. The Consumer Society Reader features a range of key works on the nature and evolution of consumer society. It includes classics such as the Frankfurt School writers Adorno, Horkheimer, and Marcuse on the Culture Industry; Thorstein Veblen's oft-cited writings on "conspicuous consumption"; Betty Friedan on the housewife's central role in consumer society; and John Kenneth Galbraith's influential analysis of the "affluent society." The book also includes much-discussed recent work by such leading critics as Pierre Bourdieu, Thomas Frank, bell hooks, Bill McKibben, and Janice Radway. A landmark in social criticism, The Consumer Society Reader is sure to become the standard book on the subject.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565845985
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
502
Sales rank:
628,409
Product dimensions:
1.07(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. ITheoretical and Conceptual Foundations1
1Estranged Labour3
2The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret10
3Beyond Use Value19
4Conspicuous Consumption31
5The Puzzle of Modern Consumerism48
6The Uses of Goods73
7Introduction to Distinction84
8Lifestyle and Consumer Culture92
9Object Domains, Ideology and Interests106
10Object as Image: The Italian Scooter Cycle125
11"Making Do": Uses and Tactics162
Pt. IIThe Character of the Consumer Society175
12Looking Backwards177
13Assembling a New World of Facts186
14Was There Love on the Dole?192
15A Child's Cartography204
16The Dependence Effect217
17"Growthmanship"223
18Textiles: The Fabric of Life228
19A New Language?233
20Aesthetic Abstraction of the Commodity: Surface - Package - Advertising Image241
21The Bonding of Media and Advertising244
22The Characteristic Mode of Consumption of Fordism253
23Theorizing the Transition258
24The Politics of Consumption271
25The Commodities of Culture282
26Dupes and Guerrillas: The Dialectics of Cultural Consumption288
27Sovereign Consumption294
28The Promotional Condition of Contemporary Culture300
Name Index319
Subject Index322

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