The World of Consumption [NOOK Book]

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The World of Consumption presents a critical analysis of the major social theories of consumption. Criticizing the inappropriate response of social theory to consumerism, Ben Fine and Ellen Leopold develop a new, more inclusive theoretical approach which emphasizes different forms of determination for different products. They provide an innovative perspective on the analysis of consumption which opens up possibilities for multi-disciplinary approaches to the field. Fine and Leopold argue that individual ...
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The World of Consumption

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Overview

The World of Consumption presents a critical analysis of the major social theories of consumption. Criticizing the inappropriate response of social theory to consumerism, Ben Fine and Ellen Leopold develop a new, more inclusive theoretical approach which emphasizes different forms of determination for different products. They provide an innovative perspective on the analysis of consumption which opens up possibilities for multi-disciplinary approaches to the field. Fine and Leopold argue that individual commodities create their own distinct ``systems of provision''--processes by which production, distribution, marketing and consumption are vertically integrated. They further support this argument with extensive case studies of the food and fashion industries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203422953
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/21/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • File size: 810 KB

Meet the Author

Ben Fine is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Policy for Southern Africa, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of several books for Routledge, including Social Capital Versus Social Theory (2000).

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
1 Introduction and Overview 3
2 Consumption Through Systems of Provision 20
3 Disarray in the Theory of Consumer Behaviour 39
4 Economic and Consumer Behaviour 46
5 Consumer Behaviour and Psychology 55
6 What is Consumer Society? 62
7 Consumption and Growth 73
8 Introduction to an Alternative Framework 87
9 The Manufacture of the Fashion System 93
10 Clothing: Industrial or Consumer Revolution? 120
11 Trickle-Down Theories 138
12 The Food System 148
13 Food for Thought 167
14 Advertising 194
15 Advertising Clothing 219
16 Food, Retailing and Advertising 238
17 The New Urban Sociology 247
18 Marx's Economics and Consumption 254
19 Marxism and the Reconstruction of Use Value 264
20 Relocating Retail Capital 274
21 The Shifting Boundaries of Consumption 299
Notes 305
References 326
Index 354
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