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The Consumption Reader

The Consumption Reader

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Edited by David B. Clarke, Edited by Marcus A. Doel, Edited by Kate M.L. Housiaux, Edited by David Clarke

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 241mm x 18mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415213770
  • ISBN 13: 9780415213776
  • Sales rank: 907,805

Product description

Consumption affects every aspect of the contemporary world, from the most intimate moments of everyday life to the great geopolitical struggles that have been set in train by the forces of globalization. Consumer culture has recast the world in its own image, and we are only just beginning to make sense of the enormous social, political, economic, moral, and environmental implications. By drawing from the arts, humanities, and social sciences, The Consumption Reader presents the history and geography of consumer societies, the social and political aspects of consumer culture, and the discourses and practices of consumption. It focuses in particular on the subjects, objects, spaces, and technologies of consumer societies, and provides an accessible insight into the theoretical debates that surround the interest in consumption and consumerism. This reader offers an essential selection of the best work on the Consumer Society. The material is arranged to develop the student's knowledge through a logical progression, but it may also be read selectively to aid understanding of key issues, ideas, and authors. Students will appreciate its scope, clarity and ease of use, and the engaging, surprising, and thought provoking manner in which it brings together a diverse range of topics and theoretical perspectives.

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Author information

David B. Clarke is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Leeds, Marcus A.Doel is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Wales, Swansea and Kate Housiaux is Marketing Officer of the John Hansard Gallery at the University of Southampton.

Review quote

'At a time of ever increasing academic interest in consumption - its cultures and landscapes - The Consumption Reader provides a stimulating tour of and guide to its literatures. The book will be welcomed by students across a wide range of disciplines.' - Neil Wrigley, University of Southampton; 'This collection presents an excellent introduction to the variety of aspects of consumption of interest to social scientists and to the diverse approaches through which they study the consumption issue.' - Ray Hudson, University of Durham; 'The Consumption Reader brings a welcome focus to a field that often seems to sprawl in all directions. Through carefully choosing a mix of the old, the new and the downright unexpected, the editors have produced a Reader which both consolidates consumption studies and also points in new and exciting directions. The result is that this Reader is something of a landmark.' - Nigel Thrift, University of Bristol

Table of contents

General Introduction. Part 1: History Part 2: Geography Part 3: Subjects and Identity Part 4: Objects and Technology Part 5: Theory