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The Consumer Society

Author: Jean Baudrillard
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473994543
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Jean Baudrillard's classic text was one of the first to focus on the process and meaning of consumption in contemporary culture. Originally published in 1970, the book makes a vital contribution to current debates on consumption. The book includes Baudrillard's most organized discussion of mass media culture, the meaning of leisure, and anomie in affluent society. A chapter on the body demonstrates Baudrillard's extraordinary prescience for flagging vital subjects in contemporary culture long before others. This English translation begins with a new introductory essay.

Consumer Culture Modernity And Identity

Author: Nita Mathur
Publisher: SAGE Publishing India
ISBN: 8132118243
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This book offers analysis of articulation of consumer culture and modernity in everyday lives of people in a transnational framework. It pursues three broad themes: lifestyle choices and construction of modern identities; fashion and advertising; and subaltern concerns and moral subjectivities. It juxtaposes empirical studies with theoretical traditions in addressing questions such as: How do people imagine modernity and identity in consumer culture? What does modernity or ‘being modern’ mean to people in different societies? Are modernity and tradition antithetical to or develop an interface with each other? The chapters in the book trace manifestations and trajectories of consumer culture and modernity as they connect to develop a sense of renewed identity.

Marx And The Postmodernism Debates

Author: Lorraine Y. Landry
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275968892
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Argues the contemporary value of Marx's democratic theory as an interpretive key for the postmodernism debates.

The Body

Author: Mike Featherstone
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1848609159
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This challenging volume reasserts the centrality of the body within social theory as a means to understanding the complex interrelations between nature, culture and society. At a theoretical level, the volume explores the origins of a social theory of the body in sources ranging from the work of Nietzsche to contemporary feminist theory. The importance of a theoretical understanding of the body to social and cultural analysis of contemporary societies is demonstrated through specific case studies. These range from the expression of the emotions, romantic love, dietary practice, consumer culture, fitness and beauty, to media images of women and sexuality.

Truth Radicality And Beyond In Contemporary Architecture

Author: A. Papadakēs
Publisher: Andreas Papadakis Pub
ISBN:
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An insider's view of contemporary architecture as seen by some of the world's most influential architects and critics attending the Architecture Bienal in Buenos Aires organized with his usual flair by Jorge Glusberg, Director of the Fine Arts Museum.

Georges Bataille Essential Writings

Author: Michael Richardson
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN: 9780761954491
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Georges Bataille's work is an essential reference in any discussion of modernity and postmodernity. An important influence on Foucault, Derrida and post-structuralism, Bataille is a thinker of key significance. This volume makes a selection from the entire body of his academic work, showing how his thinking on sacrifice, eroticism, taboo and transgression, and the nature of identity inform his social theory. Bataille - Essential Writings will be the standard introductory text to this profound and difficult thinker.

Utter Silence

Author: Alice Mills
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9780820451138
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<I>Utter Silence explores the shifting boundaries of the unspeakable in twentieth-century Western culture. The contributors probe such taboos as the Holocaust, Marx' legacy, bulimia, and tuberculosis in the context of literature and the picture story book, TV and film, social knowledge, and political science. Charting the unspeakable across disciplines, the contributors give voice to its fear, horror, and joy.

Work Consumption And Culture

Author: Paul Ransome
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN: 9780761959847
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The central question in Work, Consumption and Culture is whether consumption has now displaced production as the defining factor in the lives of those in the industrialized West. This book offers a comprehensive review of the key issues in the production/consumption debate, and where it might lead in the future. Key to Paul Ransome’s argument is the hypothesis that affluence is the crucial factor in the shift away from work and towards consumption. Uniquely emphasizing the links between work, consumption and culture, rather than keeping each element separate, the author looks at: - the changing significance of work in society - the meaning, growth and significance of affluence - the growing importance of consumption as a source of identity and its implications the impact of the shift to consumption on work/life balance Work, Consumption and Culture engages the reader with its lively debating style. It is an essential introduction for sociology and cultural studies students on courses relating to consumption and the role of work in contemporary society. `This book offers a balanced account of the changing importance of work and consumption in contemporary industrial society. Clearly written, the author identifies the central role that affluence plays in the relationship between work and consumption, and in the development of social life and individual identity' - Professor Paul Blyton, Cardiff Business School

Decentring Leisure

Author: Chris Rojek
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780803988132
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This book explores the meaning of leisure in the context of key social formations of our time. Chris Rojek brings together the insights of feminsim, Marxism, Weber, Elias, Simmel, Nietzsche and Baudrillard to produce a survey - and rethinking - of leisure theory. At the same time he presents a radical critique of the traditional 'centring' of leisure, on 'escape', 'freedom' and 'choice'. Revealing how leisure practices have responded to living in a risk society, he shows that 'free' time becomes something very different when simulation and nostalgia lie at the heart of everyday life.