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The Consumer Society: Myths and Structures

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This is the first English-language translation of Jean Baudrillard's contemporary classic on the sociology of consumption. Originally published in 1970, the book was one of the first to focus on the processes and meaning of consumption in contemporary culture. At a time when others were fixated with the production process, Baudrillard could be found making the case that co ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 14th 1998 by Sage Publications Ltd (first published January 1st 1389)
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Trevor
Nov 25, 2014 Trevor rated it it was amazing
This guy is perhaps best known for having said that the Gulf War never happened or having one of his books read by Neo in the first Matrix film. I’ve finished the bit of that book I wanted to read too – and will probably review it soon as well. But this one was a bit of a surprise to me. I was expecting it to be, well, you know, a bit nutty. And it is anything but.

This is a slamming together – or perhaps a ‘talking back to’ a range of sociologists, economists and philosophers. Firstly, Marx, but
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M.
tam adıyla tüketim toplumu söylenceleri ve yapıları olarak dilimize ayrıntı yayınları tarafından kazandırılan la societe de consommation; milenyuma ve kapitalizmin geldiği noktaya dair gerçekçi bir bakış sunuyor.

kitap dostoyevski’nin şu sözleriyle başlıyor:

bütün maddi tatminleri sağlayın ona, öyle ki uyumak, çörek yemek ve dünya tarihini sürdürmeyi dert edinmekten başka yapacak bir şeyi kalmasın: yeryüzünün tüm mallarına boğun ve saç diplerine kadar mutluluğa gömün: bu mutluluğun yüzeyine küçük
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Yann
Jul 23, 2011 Yann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai malheureusement trouvé ce texte mal écrit et abscon. Au lieu d'éclairer son sujet, l'auteur semble prendre plaisir à l'obscurcir d'épaisses ténèbres en faisant tout à tour référence aux mythes de Barthe (sic), à Freud, à Marx, au structuralisme, à la dernière publicité à la mode, au dernier film qu'il a vu, sans serrer suffisamment sa réflexion. Les anglicismes, barbarismes et répétitions qui jonchent ce kaléidoscope indigeste ont achevé de me remplir d'amertume, car les quelques idées qu'o ...more
Plucino
Jun 26, 2012 Plucino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economy, philosophy
.... nous dirons que le problème fondamental du capitalisme contemporain n'est plus la contradiction entre maximisation du profit" et "rationalisation de la production".... mais entre une productivité virtuellement illimitée (...) et la nécessité d'écouler les produits. Il devient vital pour le système dans cette phase de contrôler non seulement l'appareil de production, mais la demande de consommation, non seulement les prix, mais ce qui sera demandé à ce prix. L'effet général est soit par les ...more
Asher Deep
Feb 29, 2016 Asher Deep rated it really liked it
First, let me confess that this is the first philosophy book I've finished, and that this is my first Baudrillard. Yes, the prose is at times quite dense and Baudrillard will come across as cynical at times--well, because he somewhat is. He does take quite a few jabs at economists and advertising. The book attempts at diagnosing the problems with the consumer culture, and does not provide many solutions--if a book like this should.

But beyond all the jabs and dense prose and cynicism, when you r
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Klelia
Apr 01, 2009 Klelia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sokal puts it quite nicely: des impostures intellectuelles.
Though, I wouldn't like to be conceded; there is much in there that makes good sense and that is worth remembering.
Ram
Sep 11, 2011 Ram rated it did not like it
One of the most illogical books I've ever read. Full of pseudo-arguments and poeticized nonsense.
Lathifatuz Zahra
Apr 19, 2013 Lathifatuz Zahra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yasemin
Jan 23, 2016 Yasemin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baudrillard, tek bir şeyi asla tek kitabıyla açıklamayan bir adam o kesin... Onu ve felsefesini okumak tüm yazdıklarıyla gerçekleşebilir ancak. Ben kendimce kitaplarını yazıldığı tarih ile sıraya koydum. Bende olanlarını o sıraya göre okumak derdindeyim.
Tüketim toplumu kitabı diğer okumalarını yaptıktan sonra sonra tekrar okumam gereken bir kitap benim için bunu aklımın bir köşesine not ederek okudum diyebilirim.
Toplumun iktisadi-ekonomik temellerle açıklanır yanlarına çok aşina ve hakim olmam
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Haluk
Alımlanması her ne kadar zor bir yazar olsa da, Baudrillard postmodern çağı yapı ve söylenleriyle çok iyi okumayı bilen bir yazar.
Viktor Malafey
Apr 08, 2015 Viktor Malafey added it
Shelves: gave-up
Не цікаво, кинув читати.
Messayu Syahayuniar
Apr 26, 2016 Messayu Syahayuniar rated it it was amazing
Baudrillard has his own explanation with myth and the schizophrenia......
Damar
Dec 03, 2009 Damar added it
I used this book for my college paper....cool...inspiring....I owe a lot from this book...can you imagine..late Baudrillard spoke of credit card in his work published in 1970...wow...when you read Baudrillard's pieces you have to take sides..go with him or stand against him...nothing in between!!
Mike
Aug 01, 2007 Mike rated it it was amazing
As one may infer from the title, this book is about consumer society/consumption. He bounds his ideas in then-current theory, his tendency to turn theory upon itself is not yet a major element of his style.

This one doesn't have an ugly cover; many of his early books do.
Adrian Colesberry
Apr 11, 2009 Adrian Colesberry rated it liked it
Baudrillard is not my favorite French philosopher. He's dense and referential and it doesn't seem like he's going anywhere most of the time. But I did get some things out of this one. I'd stick with Derrida.
Jose
Dec 20, 2013 Jose rated it liked it
Tricky, over-poetical and pretty obscure, still it has some undeniable moments of bright irony and lucid consciusness. It is a primary reference though.
mellyana
don't worry, I didn't read the original version, the French version. God forbid. :)

It was not an easy book to read at all.
Gozde
Jan 17, 2014 Gozde rated it liked it
Shelves: sosyoloji
It was difficult to follow. There are circular statements- overlapping ideas maybe because of the translation
Дмитрий Кравченко
excellent early writings, postmodern critique
Iza
Jan 20, 2009 Iza rated it really liked it
Amazing book. Transforms our worldview.
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Jean Baudrillard (27 July 1929 – 6 March 2007) was a French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer. His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism.

Jean Baudrillard was also a Professor of Philosophy of Culture and Media Criticism at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he taught an Intensive Summer S
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