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Consumer Culture and Modernity
by Don Slater
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues, concepts and theories through which people have tried to understand consumer culture throughout the modern period, and puts the current state of thinking into a broader context. Thematically organized, the book shows how the central aspects of consumer culture - such as needs, choice, identity, status, alienati ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 3rd 1999 by Polity Press
(first published February 7th 1997)
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This is an impressive critique of theories of consumerism, consumer culture and consumer society grounded in a broadly Marxist framework that argues that although we regularly rediscover consumers and consumption as a marker of the age these are not new but essential to and within capitalism; consumer culture is, for Slater, an element of modernity. There is a sense, in places, that the big picture is lost among the detailed critique of the various theoretical approaches he is exploring, but the ...more