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Consumer Society

Consumer Society
Critical Issues & Environmental Consequences

March 2010 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Has consumer culture got out of hand? Are the costs of universal access and pollution too great to bear?

This comprehensive, lively and informative book will quickly be recognized as a benchmark in the field. It brings together a huge set of resources for thinking about consumer culture and examining its origins and consequences within a global context.

Adept in handling a complex range of theories, Consumer Society scrupulously uses examples throughout to inform and enhance understanding. Smart writes with verve and feeling and has produced a book that simultaneously covers and enlarges our understanding of consumer culture.

Clear, engaging and original, this book will be important reading for all those interested in our global culture of consumption including students of sociology, social geography and cultural studies.

Consuming: Historical and Conceptual Issues
Consumer Choice: Rhetoric and Reality
Cultivating Consumers: Advertising, Marketing and Branding
Designing Obsolescence, Promoting Consumer Demand
Globalization and Modern Consumer Culture
Consequences of Consumerism
An Unsustainable All-Consuming World
Consuming Futures I: Business as Usual
Consuming Futures II: 'Green' and Sustainable Alternatives

It is a bit too enumerative in its approach, which makes it good for use in excerpts but less so as a whole book. The branding approaches are lacking in insight perspectives or acknowledgement of newer (critical and theoretical) discussions.

Dr Matthias Bode
Department of Marketing & Management, University of Southern Denmark
May 16, 2011

Insightful and well argued text, suitable for level.

Mr Nick Sage
School of Social Studies, Northampton University
September 14, 2010

An excellent and timely addition to the literature on contemporary culture from an author who always hits the mark.

Mrs Alison Cain
Department of Life Sciences, University of Hertfordshire
May 7, 2010

An excellent introductory text, comprehensive and clearly written, in my estimation certainly the best on the market at the moment.

Professor Steve Hall
Social Science , Northumbria University
April 4, 2010

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