Consuming Symbolic Goods: Identity and Commitment, Values and Economics by Wilfred DolfsmaConsuming Symbolic Goods: Identity and Commitment, Values and Economics by Wilfred Dolfsma

Consuming Symbolic Goods: Identity and Commitment, Values and Economics

EditorWilfred Dolfsma

Paperback | May 15, 2008

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The phenomenon of consumption has increasingly drawn attention from economists. While the ¿sole purpose of production is consumption¿, as Adam Smith has claimed, economists have up to recently generally ignored the topic.

This book brings together a range of different perspectives on the topic of consumption that will finally shed the necessary light on a largely neglected theme, such as

  • Why is the consumption of symbolic goods different than that of goods that are not constitutive of individuals¿ identity?
  • How does the consumption of symbolic goods affect social processes and economic phenomena?
  • Will taking consumption (of symbolic goods) seriously impact economics itself?

The book discusses these issues theoretically, and, through analyses of such cases as food, religion, fashion, empirically as well. It also discusses the possible role in the future of consumption.

This book was previously published as a special issue ofReview of Social Economy

Wilfred Dolfsmais both an economist and philosopher and holds a PhD in the former.  He is attached to the Utrecht School of Economics as an Associate Professor, to Maastricht University (UNU-MERIT) as a professorial fellow, and is corresponding editor for the Review of Social Economy. He has won the Hellen Potter best article award and...
Title:Consuming Symbolic Goods: Identity and Commitment, Values and EconomicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:164 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041549138X

ISBN - 13:9780415491389


Table of Contents

Consuming Symbolic Goods: Identity and Commitment - Introduction Wilfred Dolfsma. Lauding the Leisure Class: Symbolic Content and Conspicuous ConsumptionAlan Shipman. Consumption, Identity, and the Sociocultural Constitution of 'Preferences': Reading Women's Magazines Martha A. Star. You Are What You Eat: The Social Economy of the Slow Food MovementBruce Pietrykowski. Consuming Values and Contested Cultures: A Critical Analysis of the UK Strategy for Sustainable Consumption and Production Gill Seyfang. Religious Identity and Consumption Metin M. Cogel and Lanse Minkler. Paradoxes of Modernist Consumption: Reading Fashions Wilfred Dolfsma. Are Unpreferred Preferences Weak in Symbolic Content? David George. The Gift Paradox: Complex Selves and Symbolic Good Elias L. Khalil. Deriving the Engel Curve: Pierre Bourdieu and the Social Critique of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Andrew B. Trigg. The Post Affluent SocietyAmitai Etzioni