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Consumption Matters: The Production and Experience of Consumption

Consumption Matters: The Production and Experience of Consumption

Stephen Edgell (Editor), Kevin Hetherington (Editor), Alan Warde (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-20350-6

Feb 1997, Wiley-Blackwell

332 pages

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This up-to-date selection of papers considers some of the key changes in the patterning and social significance of consumption.
Introduction: Consumption Matters: Stephen Edgell (University of Salford) and Kevin Hetherington (University of Keele).

Part One: The Production of Consumption:.

1. Becoming a consumer of care: developing a sociological account of the 'new community care': John Baldock (University of Kent) and Clare Ungerson (University of Southampton).

2. Production, disbursement and consumption: the modes and modalities of goods and services: Keith Dowding (London School of Economics) and Patrick Dunleavy (London School of Economics).

3. Public nightmares and communitarian dreams: the crisis of the social in social welfare: John Clarke (Open University).

4. Producing consumption: women and the making of credit markets: Janet Ford (University of York) and Karen Rowlingson (University of Derby).

5. Consumption and class analysis: Rosemary Crompton (University of Leicester).

Part Two: The Experience of Consumption:.

6. The enigma of Christmas: symbolic violence, compliant subjects and the flow of English kinship: Pnina Werbner (University of Keele).

7. Consuming schooling: choice, commodity, gift and systems of exchange: Pat Allatt (University of Teeside).

8. Expelling future threats: some observations on the magical world of vitamins: Pasi Falk (University of Helsinki).

9.'Bastard' chicken or ghormeh-sabzi?: Iranian women guarding the health of the migrant family: Lynn Harbottle (University of Keele).

10. Consuming the past: Gaynor Bagnall (University of Salford).

11. The consumption view of self: extension, exchange and identity: Rolland Munro (University of Keele).

12. Social class, consumption and the influence of Bourdieu: some critical issues: Brian Longhurst (University of Salford) and Mike Savage (University of Manchester).

Afterword: the future of the sociology of consumption: Alan Warde (University of Lancaster).

Notes on Contributors.


"Everybody involved in the sociology of consumption should find something to interest them." Peter Corrigan, University of New England, Australia
* Interdisciplinary collection of up-to-date research and social scientific thinking on consumption.
* Contains extended introduction.
* Covers both the production of consumption and the experience of consumption with reference to class, gender, ethnicity and generations.