Psychology and Consumer Culture: The Struggle for a Good Life in a Materialistic World / Edition 1

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Psychology and Consumer Culture provides an in-depth psychological analysis of consumerism that draws from a wide range of theoretical, clinical, and methodological approaches. The contributors to this edited volume demonstrate that consumerism and the culture that surrounds it exert profound and often undesirable effects both on people's individual lives and on society as a whole. Far from being distant influences, advertising, consumption, materialism, and the capitalistic economic system affect personal, social, and ecological well-being on many levels.

Authors address consumerism's effect on everything from culture, ethnicity, and childhood development to consciousness, gender roles, identity, work stress, and psychopathology. Contributors provide a variety of potential interventions for counteracting the negative influence of consumerism on individuals and on society. The book makes a strong case that, despite psychology's past reticence to investigate issues related to consumerism, such topics are crucial to understanding human life in the contemporary age.

About the Editors:

Tim Kasser, PhD, graduated from Vanderbilt University, summa cum laude with Honors in Psychology, in 1988. Six years later, he received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Rochester. In 1995 he accepted a position at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he is currently an associate professor of psychology. He has authored over thirty scientific articles and book chapters on materialism, values, and goals, among other topics. His first book, The High Price of Materialism, was published in 2002.

Allen D. Kanner, PhD, received his undergraduate (1974) and graduate (1981) psychology degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow in clinical child psychology at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School (1981-1983). Early in his career he developed both the adult and children's Hassles and Uplifts Scales and was on staff at Children's Hospital at Stanford University. In the last decade, he has helped establish the field of ecopsychology, within which he has focused on consumerism, ecofeminism, society's narcissistic relationship with nature, and extinction. He teaches at both the Wright Institute and Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, and is in private practice in Berkeley, CA. He is coeditor of Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591470465
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Where Is the Psychology of Consumer Culture? 3
I Problems of Materialism, Capitalism, and Consumption 9
Ch. 2 Materialistic Values: Their Causes and Consequences 11
Ch. 3 Why Are Materialists Less Satisfied? 29
Ch. 4 Globalization, Corporate Culture, and Freedom 49
Ch. 5 Shopping for Sustainability: Psychological Solutions to Overconsumption 69
II Theoretical Perspectives 89
Ch. 6 Materialism and the Evolution of Consciousness 91
Ch. 7 Mindfulness and Consumerism 107
Ch. 8 Lethal Consumption: Death-Denying Materialism 127
III Clinical Issues 147
Ch. 9 Acquisitive Desire: Assessment and Treatment 149
Ch. 10 Self-Control and Compulsive Buying 169
Ch. 11 Money, Meaning, and Identity: Coming to Terms With Being Wealthy 189
IV The Influence of Commercialism on Child Development 211
Ch. 12 The Commercialization of Childhood: Understanding the Problem and Finding Solutions 213
Ch. 13 Commercialism's Influence on Black Youth: The Case of Dress-Related Challenges 233
Ch. 14 "The More You Subtract, the More You Add": Cutting Girls Down to Size 251
Author Index 271
Subject Index 281
About the Editors 297
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