These volumes comprise the most extensive guide to past and current research on the topic of consumption ever created. Ranging from the classic discussions of a century and more ago to the latest evidence for the diversity of consumption as it is actually practiced, this set is an essential foundation for one of the most rapidly growing areas of contemporary academic study.
The contents are highly inter-disciplinary, with approaches ranging from anthropology and media studies, to geography and business studies. Each discipline provides its own theories, perspectives and methodologies for studying this topic. These volumes also make use of the rapid increase in studies of actual consumption across the globe, with examples from China, Japan, India and South America.
Volume I: Theory and Issues in Consumption
Founders, Modern Theory and Approaches, Ethics and Dilemmas.
Volume II: The History and Regional Development of Consumption
Early History, Europe, Americas, Far East, South Asia, Africa, Melanesia and Australia.
Volume III: Disciplinary Approaches to Consumption
Cultural Studies, Media, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Business Studies, Geography.
Volume IV: Objects, Subjects and Mediations in Consumption
Objects, Clothes, Food, House, Other, Subjects, Class, Gender, Mediations.
The Critical Concepts in Social Sciences series encompasses a wide area of study and consequently the series includes titles on a number of popular subject areas, including human geography, leisure, tourism and economics. Risk is a new publication within this series and a suitable apt title for the times we live in. Examining potential hazards, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and oil spills, the collection looks to uncover how we may better understand Risk Analysis.
The social sciences is a large area of study that is growing in interest and research output. Collections in this series look to collate the best of the available scholarship and are edited and introduced by leading academics in the field.