Consumer Culture, Modernity and Identity

Author: Nita Mathur

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 8132119622

Category: Social Science

Page: 444

View: 7260

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.

Consumer Culture and Modernity

Author: Don Slater

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745603049

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 3382

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.

Consumer Culture and Postmodernism

Author: Mike Featherstone

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 184920232X

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 9712

The first edition of this contemporary classic can claim to have put 'consumer culture' on the map, certainly in relation to postmodernism. This expanded new edition includes: a fully revised preface that explores the developments in consumer culture since the first edition a major new chapter on 'Modernity and the Cultural Question' an update on postmodernism and the development of contemporary theory after postmodernism an account of multiple and alternative modernities the challenges of consumer culture in Japan and China. The result is a book that shakes the boundaries of debate, from one of the foremost writers on culture and postmodernism of the present day.

Globales Amerika?

Die kulturellen Folgen der Globalisierung

Author: Ulrich Beck,Natan Sznaider,Rainer Winter

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839401720

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

View: 3589

Seit einigen Jahren wird in den Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften international kaum ein Phänomen so lebhaft diskutiert wie das der Globalisierung. Nachdem die zu Anfang vorherrschende Sichtweise von Globalisierung als Entwicklung einer homogenen Weltkultur zunehmend an Evidenz verlor, rücken die lokal unterschiedlichen kulturellen Praktiken und Perspektiven als Teil von Globalisierung ins Zentrum des Interesses. Diese Neujustierung des Fokus erlaubt auch längst überfällige neue Lesarten des vermeintlich einfachen Verhältnisses von »Amerikanisierung« und Globalisierung. Dabei wird deutlich, dass die oft als »Amerikanisierung« wahrgenommene Globalisierung weltweit heterogene Resonanzen erzeugt, hybride Kulturen, Fluchtlinien und Gegenbewegungen treten gleichermaßen hervor. Der Band »Globales Amerika«, in dem sich einige der prominentesten Denker der Globalisierung zu Wort melden, präsentiert anregende Lektüren dieser bislang wenig beleuchteten Seite der Globalisierung und leistet damit einen wichtigen Beitrag zum Verständnis des Problems insgesamt. Für das 21. Jahrhundert erweist sich die Perspektive eines »methodologischen Kosmopolitismus« (Ulrich Beck) als richtungsweisend.

Elite Mobilities

Author: Thomas Birtchnell,Javier Caletrío

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136155414

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

View: 3839

Small in number but great in influence, mobile elites have shaped the contours of global capitalism. Today these elites continue to flourish globally but in a changing landscape. The current economic crisis—and rising concerns about the moral legitimacy of extreme wealth—coincides with stern warnings over the risks posed by climate change and the unsustainable use of resources. Often an out-of-bounds topic in critical social science, elites are thought of as too inaccessible a group to interview and too variable a minority to measure. This groundbreaking collection sets out to challenge this perception. Through the careful examination of the movements of the one per cent through the everyday spaces of the ninety-nine per cent, Elite Mobilities investigates the shared zones elites inhabit alongside the commons: the executive lounge in the airport, the penthouse in the hotel, or the gated community next to the slum. Bringing together the pioneer scholars in critical sociology today, this collection explores how social scientists can research, map, and ‘track’ the flows and residues of objects, wealth and power surrounding the hypermobile. Elite Mobilities sets a new benchmark in social science efforts to research the powerful and the privileged. It will appeal to students and scholars interested in mobilities, transport, tourism, social stratification, class, inequality, consumption, and global environmental change.

Identity Crises

A Social Critique of Postmodernity

Author: Robert G. Dunn

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816630738

Category: Social Science

Page: 291

View: 3906

Significant to Dunn's critique of poststructuralist and postmodern theories is his application of George Herbert Mead as a means of theorizing identity and difference. The focus on postmodernity, rather than postmodernism grounds his analysis of identity and difference both materially and socially.

Philosophie des Geldes

Author: Georg Simmel

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3843025010

Category: Philosophy

Page: 608

View: 8443

Georg Simmel: Philosophie des Geldes Erstdruck: Leipzig (Duncker & Humblot) 1900. Der Text folgt der 2., vermehrten Auflage von 1907. Das annotierte Inhaltsverzeichnis wurde aufgelöst und den jeweiligen Abschnitten vorangestellt. Vollständige Neuausgabe mit einer Biographie des Autors. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2013. Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe: Georg Simmel: Philosophie des Geldes. Dritte, unveränderte Auflage, München und Leipzig, Duncker & Humblot, 1920. Die Paginierung obiger Ausgabe wird in dieser Neuausgabe als Marginalie zeilengenau mitgeführt. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage. Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt.

Global America?

The Cultural Consequences of Globalization

Author: Ulrich Beck,Natan Sznaider,Rainer Winter

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9780853239185

Category: Political Science

Page: 275

View: 8531

Many contemporary issues cannot be readily or fully understood at the level of the nation state and the concept of globalization is used to develop understanding through the analysis of global (transnational) processes. This volume explores the phenomenon of Americanization, and its worldwide impact, and the cultural consequences of globalization.

Modernity and Self-Identity

Self and Society in the Late Modern Age

Author: Anthony Giddens

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745666485

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 9834

This major study develops a new account of modernity and its relation to the self. Building upon the ideas set out in The Consequences of Modernity, Giddens argues that 'high' or 'late' modernity is a post traditional order characterised by a developed institutional reflexivity. In the current period, the globalising tendencies of modern institutions are accompanied by a transformation of day-to-day social life having profound implications for personal activities. The self becomes a 'reflexive project', sustained through a revisable narrative of self identity. The reflexive project of the self, the author seeks to show, is a form of control or mastery which parallels the overall orientation of modern institutions towards 'colonising the future'. Yet it also helps promote tendencies which place that orientation radically in question - and which provide the substance of a new political agenda for late modernity. In this book Giddens concerns himself with themes he has often been accused of unduly neglecting, including especially the psychology of self and self-identity. The volumes are a decisive step in the development of his thinking, and will be essential reading for students and professionals in the areas of social and political theory, sociology, human geography and social psychology.

Consumer Culture

Author: Celia Lury

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813523293

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 273

View: 842

This book is written as a survey for students who are interested in the nature and role of consumer culture in modern societies. Drawing on a wide range of studies and disciplines, Celia Lury examines the rise of consumer culture and the changing relations between the production and consumption of cultural goods. Rejecting the Marxist principle of production as the lone economic determinant in capitalist society, Lury presents consumerism as an equally active player in the free market. Rather than existing as opposites, production and consumerism are seen as complements, feeding off each other in an endless cycle. As the author writes, "the use or appropriation of an object is more often than not both a moment of consumption and production, of undoing and doing, of destruction and construction." Lury weaves unique arguments over the expansive nature of consumption, including explanations as to how poorer segments of society do in fact contribute to consumer culture and how a commodity moves beyond its function and assumes a cultural and symbolic meaning. Not only does the author explore the way an individual's position in social groups structured by class, gender, race and age affects the nature of his or her participation in consumer culture, but also how this culture itself is instrumental in the defining of social and political groups and the forming of an individual's self-identity. Clearly written and well illustrated, Consumer Culture is a lively and engaging introduction to a topic which is of growing importance in media and cultural studies and in the sociology of culture. It will enable readers to understand and ultimately to have better control over the means of consumption.

Europäisches Verfassungsrecht

Theoretische und dogmatische Grundzüge

Author: Armin Bogdandy,Jürgen Bast

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3662071282

Category: Law

Page: 977

View: 4183

Der Band präsentiert systematisch die theoretischen und dogmatischen Grundzüge des europäischen Verfassungsrechts, reflektiert den Stand der Forschung, verdeutlicht methodische Zugänge, klärt Wissenschaftsverständnisse und bezeichnet Forschungsdesiderata. Die systematischen Einzelanalysen ergänzen Gesamteinschätzungen zu Stand und Fortgang der rechtlichen Integration.

Being Elsewhere

Tourism, Consumer Culture, and Identity in Modern Europe and North America

Author: Shelley Baranowski,Ellen Furlough

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472111671

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 382

View: 782

A guide to vacationing, from the 1800s to the present

Addictive Consumption

Capitalism, Modernity and Excess

Author: Gerda Reith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429875649

Category: Social Science

Page: 178

View: 2885

In this engaging new book, Gerda Reith explores key theoretical concepts in the sociology of consumption. Drawing on the ideas of Foucault, Marx and Bataille, amongst others, she investigates the ways that understandings of ‘the problems of consumption’ change over time, and asks what these changes can tell us about their wider social and political contexts. Through this, she uses ideas about both consumption and addiction to explore issues around identity and desire, excess and control and reason and disorder. She also assesses how our concept of 'normal' consumption has grown out of efforts to regulate behaviour historically considered as disruptive or deviant, and how in the contemporary world the 'dark side' of consumption has been medicalised in terms of addiction, pathology and irrationality. By drawing on case studies of drugs, food and gambling, the volume demonstrates the ways in which modern practices of consumption are rooted in historical processes and embedded in geopolitical structures of power. It not only asks how modern consumer culture came to be in the form it is today, but also questions what its various manifestations can tell us about wider issues in capitalist modernity. Addictive Consumption offers a compelling new perspective on the origins, development and problems of consumption in modern society. The volume’s interdisciplinary profile will appeal to scholars and students in sociology, psychology, history, philosophy and anthropology.

Modernity and the Problem of Cultural Identity

Author: A.P. Dubey

Publisher: Northern Book Centre

ISBN: 9788172112479

Category: India

Page: 260

View: 7822

The question of modernity and the problem of cultural Identity have been intensively debate from various points views. Three concepts of identity have been appreciated and emerged from lively deliberations during this discourse. First concept being essentialist concept of identity has been defined to be one which is generated throgh self-experience as self-evident. The second being post-modern concept referred to as one which is independent of socio-influences and likewise the theird concept as realized in recent times is one that is based on realist view of identity. According to this view identity is fundamental element of social-liberation and oppression. The book presents these three views of identity and their possible role in obviating and addressing the problems with possible alternatives. If so implemented how they could bring the social, individual and eventual leads in the society. this book will certainly present a number of new solutions tjo the existing (current) problems.

Modernity and the Dilemma of North American Anglican Identities, 1880-1950

Author: William Katerberg

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773521605

Category: Political Science

Page: 306

View: 4124

In Modernity and the Dilemma of North American Anglican Identities, 1880-1950 William Katerberg shows how evangelical, high church, and liberal Anglicans used contradictory ways of appealing to the past to make sense of their place and purpose in a North American culture of competing identity choices. Scholars and other cultural commentators have often debated the extent and meaning of secularization in modern societies. Katerberg takes a different approach by emphasizing that people's religious commitments have become one of many competing identity choices in consumer cultures.

Consuming Modernity

Gendered Behaviour and Consumerism before the Baby Boom

Author: Cheryl Krasnick Warsh,Dan Malleck

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774824700

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 7516

Positioning consumer culture in Canada within a wider international context, Consuming Modernity explores the roots of modern Western mass culture between 1919 and 1945, when the female worker, student, and homemaker relied on new products to raise their standards of living and separate themselves from oppressive traditional attitudes. Mass-produced consumer products promised to free up women to pursue other interests shaped by marketing campaigns, advertisements, films, and radio shows. Concerns over fashion, personal hygiene, body image, and health reflected these new expectations. This volume is a fascinating look at how the forces of consumerism defined and redefined a generation.

American Consumer Culture and Its Society: From F. Scott Fitzgerald`s 1920s Modernism to Bret Easton Ellis`1980s Blank Fiction

Author: Johannes Malkmes

Publisher: Diplomica Verlag

ISBN: 3842855664

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 156

View: 668

Die vorliegende Studie stellt eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit der amerikanischen Konsumkultur des 20. Jahrhunderts dar. Dabei wird ein Schwerpunkt auf die historische Entwicklung von der Ständegesellschaft des späten 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhunderts bis hin zur Klassengesellschaft des 20. Jahrhunderts gelegt, da dieser epochale Wandel in bisherigen vergleichbaren literaturwissenschaftlichen Diskussionen zur Konsumkultur trotz seiner themenbezogenen Relevanz keine adäquate Berücksichtigung fand. Der Begriff der Konsumkultur als interdisziplinäres Problem wird nicht als gegeben verstanden und ausführlich definiert. Die soziokulturelle Entwicklung wird im Rahmen von F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby (1925) und Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho (1991) nachvollzogen, da beide Werke ihre Hauptdarsteller anhand ihrer sozialen Herkunft, ihrer sozialen Milieus und ihres Konsums als stereotypische Vertreter der jeweiligen Epoche charakterisieren und versinnbildlichen. In beiden Werken wird der jeweilige kulturelle Hintergrund – das amerikanische Jazz Age sowie die Reagan Administration mit ihrer Yuppie Kultur – äußerst kritisch abgehandelt. Eine vergleichende Analyse beider Werke in Bezug auf die gravierende Entwicklung ihrer literarischen Darstellung von Konsum im Verlauf des 20. Jahrhunderts unter kritischer Berücksichtigung des jeweiligen volkswirtschaftlichen, politischen und gesellschaftlichen Hintergrunds wurde in dieser Form noch nicht veröffentlicht. Ein Fokus dieser Arbeit betrifft die Zwischenkriegszeit in Jahren von 1920 bis 1930, da diese Dekade maßgebend war für den epochalen Wandel der amerikanischen Klassen- hin zu einer Konsumgesellschaft und des amerikanischen Lebensstils zum Ende der 1980er Jahre. Detailliert betrachtet werden in diesem Zusammenhang konkrete Konsumverstärker wie fortschreitende Technologien, Entwicklungen zu Mode- und Freizeitbranchen, finanzielle Marktentwicklungen und der geografische Wandel. Die Entstehung der World Trade Organisation symbolisiert letztendlich den Sieg von Demokratie und amerikanisierter, globaler Konsumkultur. Anhand der genannten Werke wird nicht nur der Umgang mit Konsum interpretiert, sondern auch dessen Versprechen, die propagierende Darstellung des amerikanischen Traumes, die eine gravierende Veränderung hin zum kapitalistischen Materialismus aufzeigt.

Becoming Chinese

Passages to Modernity and Beyond

Author: Wen-Hsin Yeh

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520222182

Category: History

Page: 435

View: 5290

A splendid essay collection focusing on ordinary people in the chaotic post-emperor, pre-Communist period of China's history.

Feeling Asian Modernities

Transnational Consumption of Japanese TV Dramas

Author: Koichi Iwabuchi

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 962209631X

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

View: 5631

The recent transnational reach of Japanese television dramas in East and Southeast Asia is unprecedented, and not simply in terms of the range and scale of diffusion, but also of the intense sympathy many young Asians feel toward the characters in Japanese dramas, so that they cope with their own modern lives by emulating the lives on screen. Through the empirical analysis of how Japanese youth dramas are (re)produced, circulated, regulated, and consumed in East and Southeast Asia, each chapter in this volume variously explores the ways in which intra-Asian cultural flows highlight cultural resonance and asymmetry in the region under the decentering processes of globalization. Key questions include: What is the nature of Japanese cultural power and influence in the region and how is it historically overdetermined? How is it similar to and different from "Americanization" and other Asian cultural sub-centers? What kinds of images and sense of intimacy and distance are perceived through the reception of Japanese youth dramas?