Consumption and Identity

Consumption and Identity

by Jonathan Friedman
     
 

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The present volume focuses intensively on the relation between consumption and culturally specific strategies for self-definition, both on an individual and a group basis. Many of the essays are explicit attempts to deal with the complex articulation of modern commodities and ''non-modern'' modes of appropriation.
The papers reflect and engage some very recent…  See more details below

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The present volume focuses intensively on the relation between consumption and culturally specific strategies for self-definition, both on an individual and a group basis. Many of the essays are explicit attempts to deal with the complex articulation of modern commodities and ''non-modern'' modes of appropriation.
The papers reflect and engage some very recent developments in anthropology such as the growing interest in personhood expressed in the numerous works of cultural psychology, and an increasing emphasis on the re-envisioning of culture as continually constructed in socially differentiated practice. As such, these papers can be said to deal with consumption as part of the practice of social identity and the construction of culturally specific forms of life.
Consumption and Identity is an attempt to locate the practice of consumption within more general strategies of social self-definition. While we have seen a growing literature on consumption in the social sciences, there has b

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783718655922
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Studies in Anthropology and History
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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