Consumer Culture

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Rutgers University Press, 2011 - Social Science - 245 pages

The second edition of Consumer Culture explores the nature and role of consumption in modern societies. Celia Lury's up-to-date revision of this successful classic establishes the importance of new object-based studies for consumer culture, and incorporates new chapters on branding and the rise of ethical consumption.

Drawing on a wide range of studies, and using contemporary illustrations from the media and popular culture, Lury examines the emergence of consumer culture and the changing relations between the production and consumption of cultural goods. She argues that consumer culture has become increasingly stylized and now provides an important context for everyday creativity.

This new edition of Consumer Culture explores the way in which the position of individuals within social groups and their position in social groups structured by class, gender, race, and age affects the nature of their participation in consumer culture. The powerful role consumption plays in our lives is revealed and consumer culture is seen to provide new ways of creating social and political identities.


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What is Consumer Culture?
The Economy and Culture
Objects Subjects and Signs
Capital Class and Consumer Culture
Gender Race
Markets Media and Movement
Consuming Ethics or What Goes Around Comes

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About the author (2011)

Celia Lury is a professor of sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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