Or, the most closely guarded secret of the society of consumers 1
1 Consumerism versus Consumption 25
2 Society of Consumers 52
3 Consumerist Culture 82
4 Collateral Casualties of Consumerism 117
Times Higher Education
"A masterful account and critique of consumerism and the social consequences of its ubiquity ... another worthy contribution to the urgent task of social critique amid unprecedented and unfettered consumerism."
"A timely intervention in helping sociologists think about what the sociology of consumption has achieved."
"Consuming Life provides a fiery, stimulating and sharp diagnosis, with much to tell us about where and who we are in a market-led society."
"Bauman's message calls for awakening from the slumber we are in."
Essays in Philosophy
- New book by one of the foremost social thinkers of our time
- Examines modern consumer culture in light of Bauman’s influential theories of liquid modernity and is full of contemporary examples throughout
- Written in a typically engaging style, this book illustrates the transformation of consumers themselves into commodities
- Explores the impact of consumerist attitudes and patterns of conduct on various aspects of social life - politics and democracy, social divisions and stratification, communities and partnerships, and identity building