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This book provides a clear and concise introduction to the concept of consumption and to the wide-ranging debates about the nature and consequences of consumer society.


Community and social class appear to be in irreversible decline. 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, from which there is little chance of escape.
The book analyses the relationship between the rise of consumerism and the transformation of the world of work, including the new demands for emotional labour . It concludes by examining the limitations of consumer organizations and consumer protection in a promotional culture dominated by global brands and saturated with advertising, corporate sponsorship and product placement.

This lively book will be essential reading for students and researchers in sociology and cultural studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 141 x 217 x 10mm | 234g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745625304
  • 9780745625300
  • 870,829

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This book provides a clear and concise introduction to the conceptof consumption and to the wide-ranging debates about the nature andconsequences of consumer society.





Community and social class appear to be in irreversible decline.Job insecurity has grown, and fewer people see work as givingmeaning to their lives. Instead they turn to consumption for socialstanding, a sense of identity, and personal fulfilment. We appearto be living through a profound transition from a society based onproduction to a new social order, the consumer society, from whichthere is little chance of escape. The book analyses therelationship between the rise of consumerism and the transformationof the world of work, including the new demands for'emotional labour'. It concludes by examining thelimitations of consumer organizations and consumer protection in apromotional culture dominated by global brands and saturated withadvertising, corporate sponsorship and product placement.





This lively book will be essential reading for students andresearchers in sociology and cultural studies.
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Table of contents

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.
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Review quote

"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
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About Alan Aldridge

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