Work, Consumption and Culture: Affluence and Social Change in the Twenty-first Century

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SAGE, Feb 14, 2005 - Social Science - 213 pages
The central question in Work, Consumption and Culture is whether consumption has now displaced production as the defining factor in the lives of those in the industrialized West. This book offers a comprehensive review of the key issues in the production/consumption debate, and where it might lead in the future.

Key to Paul Ransome s argument is the hypothesis that affluence is the crucial factor in the shift away from work and towards consumption. Uniquely emphasizing the links between work, consumption and culture, rather than keeping each element separate, the author looks at:

- the changing significance of work in society

- the meaning, growth and significance of affluence

- the growing importance of consumption as a source of identity and its implications

the impact of the shift to consumption on work/life balance

Work, Consumption and Culture engages the reader with its lively debating style. It is an essential introduction for sociology and cultural studies students on courses relating to consumption and the role of work in contemporary society.

`This book offers a balanced account of the changing importance of work and consumption in contemporary industrial society. Clearly written, the author identifies the central role that affluence plays in the relationship between work and consumption, and in the development of social life and individual identity' - Professor Paul Blyton, Cardiff Business School

 

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Contents

the affluence hypothesis
1
Workbased society
15
Affluence
31
Consumptionbased society
43
Acts of consumption
65
Work consumption and social identity
89
Identity crisis workers versus consumers
121
The cultures of work and consumption
158
the affluence hypothesis revisited
183
Bibliography
190
Index
206
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