Consumption and Everyday Life / Edition 1

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Reviewing key contemporary issues and debates about consumption, this book portrays and assesses the varied and complex intersections of consumption and everyday life. Each contributor shows how cultural consumption involves a range of active, creative and critical practices. The rich and idiosyncratic nature of local consumption practices is illustrated through case studies from different parts of the world. Through such examples the contributors show the varying balance between constraint and creativity, the links between consumption and production, and the patterns which shape access to symbolic and material resources. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761954378
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/11/1997
  • Series: Culture, Media and Identities Series, #5
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Consumption and its Consequences 13
Ch. 2 'Storying the Self': Personal Narratives and Identity 65
Ch. 3 Music, Performance and Enactment 113
Ch. 4 'Us' and 'Them': Re-Imagining Places, Re-Imagining Identities 159
Ch. 5 Broadcasting and its Audiences 213
Ch. 6 Consuming Communication Technologies at Home 259
Acknowledgements 309
Index 312
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