Consumer Culture and Modernity by Don Slater

Consumer Culture and Modernity
ISBN 0745603033
  • Author:
    Don Slater
  • Title:
    Consumer Culture and Modernity
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    Business & Finance
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    Polity; 1 edition (February 7, 1997)
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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues, concepts and theories through which people have tried to understand consumer culture throughout the modern period, and puts the current state of thinking into a broader context.

Thematically organized, the book shows how the central aspects of consumer culture - such as needs, choice, identity, status, alienation, objects, culture - have been debated within modern theories, from those of earlier thinkers such as Marx and Simmel to contemporary forms of post-structuralism and postmodernism. This approach introduces consumer culture as a subject which - far from being of narrow or recent interest - is intimately tied to the central issues of modern times and modern social thought.

With its reviews of major theorists set within a full account of the development of the subject, this book should be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the many disciplines which now study consumer culture, including communications and cultural studies, anthropology and history.

Very historical and clear.
I liked this book a lot and found it very useful to help me understand the origins of consumer culture in western civilization, and the different views and criticisms around it. I recommend it if you are interested in the origins, theories and history surrounding consumer culture today.
Slater thoroughly examines multiple and diverse theories addressing the whys, whens, and hows of consumption. He captures many of the paradoxes of "consumption" and "culture" without passing judgment on consumption. This book will give you an historical view of the role consumption has played in western societies, as well as an examination of some of consumption's current functions (identity formation, status signification, etc.). An excellent overview text for courses addressing consumption, but also a readable and thought-provoking discourse on consumption.
Very readable, provocative; a superb course textbook. Makes the subject come alive.