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Social class and local communities appear to be in irreversible decline in the West. Job insecurity has grown, and fewer people see work as giving meaning to their lives. Instead they turn to consumption for social standing, a sense of identity, and personal fulfilment. We appear to be living through a profound transition from a society based on production to a new social order--the consumer society. This wide-ranging book examines whether consumer society has delivered choice, freedom, and prosperity, or individualism, selfishness, and social exclusion. It analyzes the relationship between the rise of consumerism and the transformation of the world of work, and concludes by examining possible escape routes from consumer society. This lively and relevant book will be essential reading for those interested in sociology and cultural studies, and for those concerned with consumerism as a force for liberation or oppression.


Acknowledgements. 1. Consumption as a Key Concept. 2. Production and Consumption. 3. Consumer Society: Utopia or Dystopia?. 4. Living in Consumer Society. 5. McDonaldization and Disneyization. 6. Consumer Activism. References. Inndex.


Alan Aldridge is Reader in the Sociology of Culture at the University of Nottingham.


"Written with unusual clarity and confidence, this small book packs a big intellectual punch. No one interested in new work in the sociology of consumption should be without it." Charles Lemert, Wesleyan University
EAN: 9780745625294
ISBN: 0745625290
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2003
Seitenanzahl: 176 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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