Consumption and Public Life

Consumption

A Sociological Analysis

Authors: Warde, Alan

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  • Presents a new theory for consumptionDevelops a balanced position which intersects with postmodernist and economistic accounts
  • Contributes to current debates on sustainability and consumer culture
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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.

 

About the authors

Alan Warde is Professor of Sociology and Professorial Research Fellow in the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester, UK. His research interests include consumption, culture and food. 

Reviews

“Consumption and consumers are topics held in high regard both among politically conscious activists and hard-bitten capitalists. The core of this book is an analysis of consumption of the more critical kind, suggesting that this concept may have become a Frankenstein’s monster of sorts for social sciences. … Warde’s argument unravels much more clearly. By ‘marketing’ this book as Consumption: A Sociological Analysis, he provides more than a well-devised, albeit messily written, academic prank.” (Jonas Bååth, Acta Sociologica, Vol. 61 (3), May, 2018)
“Consumption is a valuable source of information that aims to offer a fruitful and deeper-level discussion of consumption while offering practical steps to building a fairer society. Consumption: a sociological analysis is recommended to scholars, students, and policymakers whose focus may include the study of globalization, capitalism, or consumption.” (Maximiliano E. Korstanje, Journal of International and Global Studies, Vol. 10 (01), December, 2018)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-12

    Warde, Alan

  • Sociology and Consumption

    Pages 15-32

    Warde, Alan

  • The Development of the Sociology of Consumption

    Pages 33-55

    Warde, Alan

  • Consumption as Appropriation: On the Use of ‘Consumption’ and Consumption as Use

    Pages 59-78

    Warde, Alan

  • Consumption and Theories of Practice

    Pages 79-101

    Warde, Alan

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eBook $19.99
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Softcover $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-71786-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Consumption
Book Subtitle
A Sociological Analysis
Authors
Series Title
Consumption and Public Life
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55682-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55682-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-71786-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 261
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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