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Consumer Society Reader

Consumer Society Reader - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-1565845985

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ISBN13: 978-1565845985
ISBN10: 1565845986
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: New Press
Published: 2000
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Consumer Society Reader - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-1565845985

Juliet B. Ed. Schor and Douglas B. Ed. Holt

ISBN13: 978-1565845985
ISBN10: 1565845986
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: New Press

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

We are citizens, owners and workers, believers and heathens, but today more than anything else we are consumers. How this came to be and its consequences for us all is the subject of this pioneering reader on the rise-and continued rise-of consumerism.

The Consumer Society Reader features a range of key works on the nature and evolution of consumer society. It includes classics such as the Frankfurt School writers Adorno, Horkheimer, and Marcuse on the Culture Industry; Thorstein Veblen's oft-cited writings on "conspicuous consumption"; Betty Friedan on the housewife's central role in consumer society; and John Kenneth Galbraith's influential analysis of the "affluent society." The book also includes much-discussed recent work by such leading critics as Pierre Bourdieu, Thomas Frank, bell hooks, Bill McKibben, and Janice Radway.

A landmark in social criticism, The Consumer Society Reader is sure to become the standard book on the subject.

Author Bio

Schor, Juliet B. : Harvard University / University in the Netherlands

Juliet B. Schor is Senior Lecturer at Harvard University, as well as Chair in Economics of Leisure Studies at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She is the author of The Overworked American and, most recently, The Overspent American.


Holt, Douglas B. : University of Illinois

Douglas B. Holt is assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Advertising, Sociology, and the Institute of Communications Research.


Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations p. 1
Estranged Labour p. 3
The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret p. 10
Beyond Use Value p. 19
Conspicuous Consumption p. 31
The Puzzle of Modern Consumerism p. 48
The Uses of Goods p. 73
Introduction to Distinction p. 84
Lifestyle and Consumer Culture p. 92
Object Domains, Ideology and Interests p. 106
Object as Image: The Italian Scooter Cycle p. 125
''Making Do'': Uses and Tactics p. 162
The Character of the Consumer Society p. 175
Looking Backwards p. 177
Assembling a New World of Facts p. 186
Was There Love on the Dole? p. 192
A Child's Cartography p. 204
The Dependence Effect p. 217
''Growthmanship'' p. 223
Textiles: The Fabric of Life p. 228
A New Language? p. 233
Aesthetic Abstraction of the Commodity: Surface - Package - Advertising Image p. 241
The Bonding of Media and Advertising p. 244
The Characteristic Mode of Consumption of Fordism p. 253
Theorizing the Transition p. 258
The Politics of Consumption p. 271
The Commodities of Culture p. 282
Dupes and Guerrillas: The Dialectics of Cultural Consumption p. 288
Sovereign Consumption p. 294
The Promotional Condition of Contemporary Culture p. 300
Name Index p. 319
Subject Index p. 322
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