The Authority of the Consumer

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The Authority of the Consumer explores the growing tendency in contemporary British society to portray consumers as occupying the receiving end of a wide range of cultural and educational institutions. The aim of this collection is to explore the implications of this recent extension of the status of the consumer, charting out its meanings and debating the merits or drawbacks of this way of understanding the relationship between ``providers'' and ``recipients.''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415089180
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/25/1994
  • Pages: 296
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
1 Scepticism, authority and the market 23
2 Authority and consumer society 43
3 Consumers, identity and belonging: reflections on some theses of Zygmunt Bauman 58
4 The organized consumer and consumer information co-operatives 75
5 Advertising: moving beyond the stereotypes 91
6 The limits of consumption and the post-modern 'religion' of the New Age 102
7 High art and the high street: the 'commerce-and-culture' debate 119
8 Planning a culture for the people? 138
9 The culture of consumption: design museums as educators or tastemakers? 154
10 Framing the audience for theatre 166
11 Citizens, charters and contracts 189
12 Consuming health and welfare 207
13 Consuming education 223
14 Retailing the police: corporate identity and the Met. 240
15 Conversationalization of public discourse and the authority of the consumer 253
Name index 269
Subject index 274
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