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The Consumer Society Reader

Martyn J. Lee (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-20797-9
352 pages
April 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Consumer Society Reader is the most substantial collection of classic and contemporary readings on consumption and consumer society for students of cultural studies and sociology of culture. From Karl Marx to Jean Baudrillard, the volume introduces students and researchers to the topics, themes, and preoccupations of twentieth-century consumer culture.
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Part I: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations.

Part II: The Character of the Consumer Society.

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Martyn J. Lee is Senior Lecturer at Coventry University and teaches communication, culture, and media. He has been actively engaged in research around a variety of aspects concerning consumer society and consumption for a number of years. His publications include Consumer Culture Reborn (1993) and The Rise and Fall of Fordist Modernity (forthcoming).
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? Most substantial collection of classic and contemporary essays on consumer culture and consumption.
* Broad range of contributors: from Karl Marx, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Vance Packard to Dick Hebdige and the inimitable Jean Baudrillard.
* Accessible presentation of material makes it appropriate for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of popular culture, sociology of culture and cultural studies.
* Thorough reference on the subject for scholars in sociology and cultural studies.
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"Cleverly selected and lucidly introduced, this collection of readings offers a solid and engaged resource that should be indispensable for courses in this area across a wide range of disciplines. Martyn Lee's work will help students find their way through the overgrown jungle of consumption studies to its most important paths." Don Slater, Goldsmiths College, University of London

"Comprehensive and authoritative, this collection constitutes a survival kit for teachers and researchers working in the field of consumer society." Chris Rojek, Nottingham Trent University

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