A Social and Economic Theory of Consumption

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

byKaj IllomenEditorPekka Sulkunen, Keijo Rahkonen

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Kaj Ilmonen was a pioneer in the third wave of the sociology of consumption. This book provides a balanced overview of the sociology of consumption, arguing that the enthusiasm of 'the third wave' exaggerated the role of the symbolic and imaginary at the expense of the materiality of human societies.

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Kaj Ilmonen was a pioneer in the third wave of the sociology of consumption. This book provides a balanced overview of the sociology of consumption, arguing that the enthusiasm of 'the third wave' exaggerated the role of the symbolic and imaginary at the expense of the materiality of human societies.

KAJ ILMONEN was one of the founding members of the European network of the sociology of consumption and a pioneering theorist in the field.   PEKKA SULKUNEN is Professor of Sociology, University of Helsinki, Finland. His previous publications include The Urban Pub; The European New Middle Class; Constructing the New Consumer Society (...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.9 × 5.64 × 0.84 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230244106

ISBN - 13:9780230244108

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Table of Contents

Foreword
The Sociology of Consumption: A Brief History
Markets and the Neo-Liberal Utopia of Omnipotent Markets
Commodities and Consumption: General and Specific Features
Want, Need and Commodity
Consumption and the Necessary Economic Conditions for Consumption
The Use and Meanings of Money
Mechanisms of Consumption Choice and their General Cultural Framework
Consumption as Ideological Discourse
Consumption as Use: Our Relationship to Commodities