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The Sociology of Consumption

The Sociology of Consumption
An Introduction

August 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.

Advents of the Consuming Society

Theoretical Approaches to Consumption
Objects, Commodities and Non-Commodities
Shops and Shopping
The Department Store

Women's Magazines
The Home
Food and Drink
The Body
Clothing and Fashion

This book gives a thematic overview of the sociology of consumption. Students can pick any theme they need to develop their knowledge related to own topics of interest.

Mrs FRANCOISE Passerard
Marketing, Paris School of Business
November 17, 2020

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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