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Canonical Authors in Consumption Theory

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Edited by Soren Askegaard, Benoit Heilbrunn

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Canonical Authors in Consumption Theory is the first reference work to compile the contributions of the greatest social thinkers to the global conversation about consumption and consumer culture. A prestige reference work, it offers original chapters by the world's most prominent thought leaders. It introduces the works of historical theorists and surveys how their work has influenced and shaped consumption theory, both through history and at the cutting edge of research.

Consumption is at core of contemporary lifestyles, of political successes and failures, and with discussions of sustainability and environmental change. Contemporary consumer culture shapes modern identities, and is the engine of the globalizing capitalist economy. Still, the majority of social theorizations over the last century and a half have been addressing production processes rather than consumption processes. This is about to change. Studies of consumption play an increasing role as a topic and a domain of study in marketing, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies.

Currently, there is no single compilation that systematically links scholarly work published by the greatest social thinkers of the last century and a half to the understanding of contemporary consumer society. This book provides a solid framework for understanding the relevance of these canonical authors in social theory to facilitate analysis of consumer culture, and to act as a comprehensive reference point for consumer researchers, doctoral students and practitioners.

Table of Contents

Introduction



1 In search of consumption . . .



Søren Askegaard and Benoît Heilbrunn



PART II Political economy and the quest for value



2 Marx, commodity and consumer culture



A. Fuat Fırat



3 Why bother with Nietzsche?



James Fitchett



4 Beyond disenchantment: Weber and the search for legitimacy



Melanie Wallendorf



5 Karl Polanyi: whence the marketing mind?



Dannie Kjeldgaard



PART III Anthropology and consumption



6 Marcel Mauss: the gift that moves . . .



Eric J. Arnould



7 Thick prescription: notes on the influence of Clifford Geertz on CCT



John F. Sherry, Jr.



8 Mary Douglas: consumption codes, meaning structures and classification systems



Ian Woodward



9 In defense of cultural economy: Marshall Sahlins



Eric J. Arnould



PART IV System and structuration



10 Bronislaw Malinowski, or the elementary material and symbolic forms of production, exchange and consumption



Dominique Desjeux



11 Claude Lévi-Strauss and the structural fabric of meaning



Benoît Heilbrunn



12 Talcott Parsons: structural foundations for cultural sociology



Melanie Wallendorf



13 The relevance of consumption in Niklas Luhmann’s theory of society



Kai-Uwe Hellmann and Marius K. Luedicke



PART V Identity trajectories



14 Mind, self and consumption: George Herbert Mead



Cele Otnes



15 Sartre’s insights for identity, desire, the gift and posthumanism



Russell Belk



16 Paul Ricoeur, vigil of the self



Benoît Heilbrunn



17 Habermas: reigniting enlightenment reason



Jeff B. Murray



PART VI Civilization and history



18 Remembering Walter Benjamin, or the death of the last intellectual



Robert Kozinets



19 Norbert Elias: figur

About the Editors

Soren Askegaard is Professor of Marketing and Managment at the University of Southern Denmark.

Benoit Heinbrunn is Associate Professor of Marketing at ESCP Europe, France.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS016000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Consumer Behavior
BUS043000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Marketing / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General