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The Sociology of Consumption
An Introduction



September 1997 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This lucid introduction to the sociology of consumerism examines the relationship between production and consumption in late capitalist societies. The historical and theoretical discussion provides the student with the tools to examine key themes in the sociology of consumption.

After a detailed historical overview of the advent of consumer society, Peter Corrigan examines theoretical accounts of consumption and consumer practice, including: Veblen and conspicuous consumption; Mary Douglas on the world of goods; Jean Baudrillard on the system of objects; and Pierre Bourdieu on cultural capital.

This historical and theoretical discussion provides the student with the tools to examine key themes in the sociology of consumption.

 
Introduction
Advents of the Consuming Society  
 
Theoretical Approaches to Consumption
 
Objects, Commodities and Non-Commodities
 
Shops and Shopping
The Department Store  
 
Advertising
 
Women's Magazines
 
The Home
 
Food and Drink
 
Tourism
 
The Body
 
Clothing and Fashion
 
Conclusion

A coherent, well conceived and organised book. Similar to others however and while I will suggest it as an alternative text I will not include it as primary.

Dr Jill O'Mahony
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
October 20, 2011

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