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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Consumption and Identity

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Nine essays examine consumption from a cultural anthropological view, discovering social identity and its associated cultural strategies. The academic jargon around the discussions doesn't detract from their originality: a study of capitalism, consumption, Weber, and Veblen; yuppies in Manhattan; whether the interior life we tend to value is really valuable; studies of modern Belize, Camaroon, Papua; the elegance of Africa; and the beef hierarchy in 19th century Chile. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203989487
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 11/11/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction 1
1 Capitalism, Consumption and the Problem of Motives: Some Issues in the Understanding of Conduct as Illustrated by an Examination of the Treatment of Motive and Meaning in the Works of Weber and Veblen 23
2 Consuming Interests 47
3 Style and Ontology 71
4 Consumer Goods as Dialogue about Development: Colonial Time and Television Time in Belize 97
5 Beyond Consumption: Meat, Sociality, Vitality and Hierarchy in Nineteenth Century Chile 119
6 The Material Culture of Success Ideals and Life Cycles in Cameroon 147
7 The Political Economy of Elegance: An African Cult of Beauty 167
8 Strategies of Centredness in Papua New Guinea 189
9 Leisure, Boredom, and Luxury Consumerism: The Lineage Mode of Consumption in a Central African Society 207
Index 233
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