Consumption and Everyday Life

By Mark Paterson

© 2005 – Routledge

264 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Introducing all the key ideas and major theorists of consumption in a lively and engaging manner, this book draws on theories of everyday life and aspects of sociology, cultural geography and cultural studies, and presents a comprehensive exploration of the central themes in consumption and consumer culture. Readily accessible case studies describe familiar forms of consumption from areas of everyday life, grounding the debates and ideas discussed. Key topics covered include:

  • the semiotics of branding and advertising
  • the representation of 'nature' and the environment
  • the relations between consumer and producer
  • ethical consumption
  • the tensions between local spaces of consumption and globalized markets.

While each of the chapters crystallize the debate in a specific subject area, they also lie within a larger argument concerning the ethics, the poetics and the politics of consumption in everyday life, making this essential reading for undergraduates on cultural studies, sociology and cultural geography courses.

Table of Contents

Introduction: consumption as everyday act 1. You Are What You Buy: theories of the consumer 2. Consumption and Identity: manufacturing choice 3. McDisneyfications 4. Bodyshopping: The commodification of experience and sensation 5. Nature, Inc. 6. The Knowing Consumer? 7. Mallrats and Car Boots: the spaces of consumption 8. Logo or No Logo?: The poetics and politics of branding 9. Where Do We Want To Go Today? The postmodern consumer

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General