The Consumer Society

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Neva R. Goodwin, Frank Ackerman, David Kiron
Island Press, Apr 16, 2013 - Business & Economics - 423 pages
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The developed countries, particularly the United States, consume a disproportionate share of the world's resources, yet high and rising levels of consumption do not necessarily lead to greater satisfaction, security, or well-being, even for affluent consumers.The Consumer Society provides brief summaries of the most important and influential writings on the environmental, moral, and social implications of a consumer society and consumer lifestyles. Each section consists of ten to twelve summaries of critical writings in a specific area, with an introductory essay that outlines the state of knowledge in that area and indicates where further research is needed. Sections cover: Scope and Definition Consumption in the Affluent Society Family, Gender, and Socialization The History of Consumerism Foundations of Economic Theories of Consumption Critiques and Alternatives in Economic Theory Perpetuating Consumer Culture: Media, Advertising, and Wants Creation Consumption and the Environment Globalization and Consumer Culture Visions of an Alternative This book is the second volume in the Frontier Issues in Economic Thought series, which provides surveys of the most significant writings in emergent areas of economics -- an invaluable aid in fast-growing fields where genuine new ground is being broken. The series brings together economists, sociologists, psychologists, and philosophers to develop analyses that challenge and enrich the dominant neoclassical paradigm.The Consumer Society is an essential guide to and summary of the literature of consumption and will be of interest to anyone concerned with the deeper economic, social, and ethical implications of consumerism.
 

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Contents

Scope and Definition
1
Consumption in the Affluent Society
37
Family Gender and Socialization
77
The History of Consumer Society
109
Foundations of Economic Theories of Consumption
149
Critiques and Alternatives in Economic Theory
189
Media Advertising and Wants Creation
229
Consumption and the Environment
269
Globalization and Consumer Culture
301
Visions of an Alternative
333
Subject Index
367
Name Index
383
Island Press Board of Directors 1997
387
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Neva R. Goodwin is Co-Director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University.

Frank Ackerman is Senior Research Associate at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

David Kiron is Research Associate at the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University.

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