Consumption And Its Consequences

Author: Daniel Miller
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745661505
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This is a book for those looking for different answers to some of today's most fundamental questions. What is a consumer society? Does being a consumer make us less authentic or more materialistic? How and why do we shop? How should we understand the economy? Is our seemingly insatiable desire for goods destroying the planet? Can we reconcile curbs on consumption with goals such as reducing poverty and social inequality? Miller responds to these questions by proposing feasible and, where possible, currently available alternatives, drawn mainly from his own original ethnographic research. Here you will find shopping analysed as a technology of love, clothing that sidesteps politics in tackling issues of immigration. There is an alternative theory of value that does not assume the economy is intelligent, scientific, moral or immoral. We see Coca-Cola as an example of localization, not globalization. We learn why the response to climate change will work only when we reverse our assumptions about the impact of consumption on citizens. Given the evidence that consumption is now central to the way we create and maintain our core values and relationships, the conclusions differ dramatically from conventional and accepted views as to its consequences for humanity and the planet.

Consumption And Its Consequences

Author: Daniel Miller
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745661076
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This title brings together Miller's key writings on consumption, consumer capitalism and related topics.

The Shadows Of Consumption

Author: Peter Dauvergne
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262260573
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The Shadows of Consumption gives a hard-hitting diagnosis: many of the earth's ecosystems and billions of its people are at risk from the consequences of rising consumption. Products ranging from cars to hamburgers offer conveniences and pleasures; but, as Peter Dauvergne makes clear, global political and economic processes displace the real costs of consumer goods into distant ecosystems, communities, and timelines, tipping into crisis people and places without the power to resist. In The Shadows of Consumption, Peter Dauvergne maps the costs of consumption that remain hidden in the shadows cast by globalized corporations, trade, and finance. Dauvergne traces the environmental consequences of five commodities: automobiles, gasoline, refrigerators, beef, and harp seals. In these fascinating histories we learn, for example, that American officials ignored warnings about the dangers of lead in gasoline in the 1920s; why China is now a leading producer of CFC-free refrigerators; and how activists were able to stop Canada's commercial seal hunt in the 1980s (but are unable to do so now). Dauvergne's innovative analysis allows us to see why so many efforts to manage the global environment are failing even as environmentalism is slowly strengthening. He proposes a guiding principle of "balanced consumption" for both consumers and corporations. We know that we can make things better by driving a high-mileage car, eating locally grown food, and buying energy-efficient appliances; but these improvements are incremental, local, and insufficient. More crucial than our individual efforts to reuse and recycle will be reforms in the global political economy to reduce the inequalities of consumption and correct the imbalance between growing economies and environmental sustainability.

The Comfort Of Things

Author: Daniel Miller
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 074565536X
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What do we know about ordinary people in our towns and cities, about what really matters to them and how they organize their lives today? This book visits an ordinary street and looks into thirty households. It reveals the aspirations and frustrations, the tragedies and accomplishments that are played out behind the doors. It focuses on the things that matter to these people, which quite often turn out to be material things – their house, the dog, their music, the Christmas decorations. These are the means by which they express who they have become, and relationships to objects turn out to be central to their relationships with other people – children, lovers, brothers and friends. If this is a typical street in a modern city like London, then what kind of society is this? It’s not a community, nor a neighbourhood, nor is it a collection of isolated individuals. It isn’t dominated by the family. We assume that social life is corrupted by materialism, made superficial and individualistic by a surfeit of consumer goods, but this is misleading. If the street isn’t any of these things, then what is it? This brilliant and revealing portrayal of a street in modern London, written by one the most prominent anthropologists, shows how much is to be gained when we stop lamenting what we think we used to be and focus instead on what we are now becoming. It reveals the forms by which ordinary people make sense of their lives, and the ways in which objects become our companions in the daily struggle to make life meaningful.

Consumption

Author: Alan Warde
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113755682X
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This book critically reviews recent social scientific investigations of consumption, a controversial topic with moral overtones, and of popular public interest and political and economic significance. The author explores how consumption affects personal identity and social position, developing a sociological analysis using theories of practice to account for everyday consumption, its role in the social order, and its consequences for environmental sustainability. The book offers a controversial analysis which explains consumption not in terms of the purchasing of commodities but of the organization and coordination of daily practices. Consumption will be of interest to scholars and students of sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, consumer research, business studies and social theory.

Acknowledging Consumption

Author: Daniel Miller (Series Editor)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134843119
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First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Fans

Author: Cornel Sandvoss
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745629733
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Explores the social, cultural, and psychological premises and consequences of fan consumption. This book describes the nature and development of whole fan cultures, and focuses on the experience and identity of the individual fan.

Excess Food Consumption And Its Consequences

Author: Sucre M.
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781979143776
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This book is the sequel to the volume Stuff.1 While Stuff summarised my previous writings on material culture, this companion volume summarises my research on consumption, but then proceeds to discuss the consequences of consumption. The core of the book is addressed to the question of what consumption is and why we consume. But three of the chapters look more to the consequences of consumption, with particular reference to rethinking the nature of political economy and questioning current proposals for achieving environmental sustainability. Many of the issues of politics and economics that were absent from Stuff are central here. It follows that this is a much more opinionated book, where I feel it is important to take a stance on a wide variety of current concerns. The problem is that this requires a rather different kind of volume from one that summarises the outcome of research. I don't have just one simple stance on what are mainly highly complex issues. I can see the merits in a variety of equally powerful and persuasive positions, and trying to wish away that diversity of argument and pretend to stand for only one position would be false. For this reason I have written the first and final chapters of this book, those which are most replete with opinions and political comment, as a dialogue between three fictional characters called Mike, Chris and Grace. Each of them represents a different version of my views which remain in argument with each other. As you shall soon discover, Mike represents a largely green perspective, Chris represents a mainly red perspective, while Grace represents the many years I have spent as an anthropological fieldworker living with people in poverty. I am not quite sure what it says about me, that two aspects of my own personality appear here as married to each other, but let's not go there.

A History Of American Consumption

Author: Terrence H. Witkowski
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131738542X
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The United States has been near the forefront of global consumption trends since the 1700s, and for the past century and more, Americans have been the world’s foremost consuming people. Informed and inspired by the literature from consumer culture theory, as well as drawing from numerous studies in social and cultural history, A History of American Consumption tells the story of the American consumer experience from the colonial era to the present, in three cultural threads. These threads recount the assignment of meaning to possessions and consumption, the gendered ideology and allocation of consumption roles, and resistance through anti-consumption thought and action. Brief but scholarly, this book provides a thought provoking, introduction to the topic of American consumption history informed by research in consumer culture theory. By examining and explaining the core phenomenon of product consumption and its meaning in the changing lives of Americans over time, it provides a valuable contribution to the literature on the subjects of consumption and its causes and consequences. Readable and insightful, it will be of interest to scholars and advanced students in consumer behaviour, advertising, and marketing and business history.

Time Consumption And Everyday Life

Author: Elizabeth Shove
Publisher: Berg
ISBN: 1847885934
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Has material civilization spun out of control, becoming too fast for our own well-being and that of the planet? This book confronts these anxieties and examines the changing rhythms and temporal organization of everyday life. How do people handle hurriedness, burn-out and stress? Are slower forms of consumption viable? This volume brings together international experts from geography, sociology, history, anthropology and philosophy. In case studies covering the United States, Asia and Europe, contributors follow routines and rhythms, their emotional and political dynamics and show how they are anchored in material culture and everyday practice. Running themes of the book are questions of coordination and disruption; cycles and seasons; and the interplay between power and freedom, and between material and natural forces. The result is a volume that brings studies of practice, temporality and material culture together to open up a new intellectual agenda.