Consumer Culture and Postmodernism

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SAGE, 1990 M12 7 - 192 pages
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Implicit within claims that society itself is in some sense postmodern is an argument about the priority of consumption as a determinant of everyday life. In this view, mass media advertising and market dynamics lead to a constant search for new fashions, new styles, new sensations and experiences. Material goods are consumed as `communicators'; they are valued as signifiers of taste and of lifestyle. This volume examines the viability of this portrait of contemporary society. Mike Featherstone explores the roots of consumer culture, how it is defined and differentiated and the extent to which it represents the arrival of a `postmodern' world. He examines the theories of consumption and postmodernism among contemporary social theorists such as Bourdieu, Baudrillard, Lyotard and Jameson and relates these to the actual nature of contemporary consumer culture.
 

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Contents

Definitions and Interpretations
1
Chapter 2 Theories of Consumer Culture
13
Chapter 3 Towards a Sociology of Postmodern Culture
28
Chapter 4 Cultural Change and Social Practice
50
Chapter 5 The Aestheticization of Everyday Life
64
Chapter 6 Lifestyle and Consumer Culture
81
Chapter 7 City Cultures and Postmodern Lifestyles
93
Chapter 8 Consumer Culture and Global Disorder
110
Chapter 9 Common Culture or Uncommon Cultures?
127
Chapter 10 The Globalization of Diversity
142
Chapter 11 Modernity and the Cultural Question
147
Bibliography
182
Index
198
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Mike Featherstone is Professor of Communications and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University.CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA :Zygmunt Bauman University of LeedsHenning Bech University of CopenhagenElizabeth Beck-Gernsheim Universtiy of ErlangenMary Evans University of Kent at CanterburyDavid Frisby University of GlasgowMike Hepworth University of AberdeenEva Illouz Tel-Aviv UniversityMaria Esther Maciel Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisMichael Richardson SOAS, University of LondonLaura Rival University of Kent at CanterburyAndrew Travers SomersetJeffrey Weeks South Bank UniversitySasha Weitman Tel-Aviv UniversitySam Whimster London Guildhall UniversityElizabeth Wilson University of North LondonCas Wouters University of Utrecht

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