Includes a critical examination of such themes as: economic imperialism and globalization/ systems of provision and culture/ the consumer society/ etc.
Consumption has become one of the leading topics across the social sciences and vocational disciplines such as marketing and business studies. In this comprehensively updated and revised new edition, traditional approaches as well as the most recent literature are fully addressed and incorporated, with wide reference to theoretical and empirical work. Fine's refreshing and authoritative text includes a critical examination of such themes as:* economics imperialism and globalization* the world of commodities* systems of provision and culture* the consumer society* public consumption.This book presents an updated analysis of the cluttered landscape of studies of consumption that will make it required reading for students from a wide range of backgrounds including political economy, history and social science courses generally.
Table of Contents
Introduction and overview 1 (8)
From economics imperialism to globalisation? 9 (17)
The world of commodities 26 (31)
Use value and consumption 57 (22)
Consumption through systems of provision 79 (22)
Systems of provision and cultural systems 101(24)
Economics and consumption 125(30)
What is consumer society? 155(21)
Whatever happened to public consumption? 176(11)
Welfarism in light of globalisation 187(24)
Whither consumption studies? 211(18)
Name Index 299(8)
Subject Index 307