- Machine generated contents note: pt. I Introduction -- 1.In search of consumption ... / Benoit Heilbrunn -- pt. II Political economy and the quest for value -- 2.Marx, commodity and consumer culture / A. Fuat Firat -- 3.Why bother with Nietzsche? / James Fitchett -- 4.Beyond disenchantment: Weber and the search for legitimacy / Melanie Wallendorf -- 5.Karl Polanyi: whence the marketing mind? / Dannie Kjeldgaard -- pt. III Anthropology and consumption -- 6.Marcel Mauss: the gift that moves ... / Eric J. Arnould -- 7.Thick prescription: notes on the influence of Clifford Geertz on CCT / John F. Sherry, Jr. -- 8.Mary Douglas: consumption codes, meaning structures and classification systems / Ian Woodward -- 9.In defense of cultural economy: Marshall Sahlins / Eric J. Arnould -- pt. IV System and structuration -- 10.Bronislaw Malinowski, or the elementary material and symbolic forms of production, exchange and consumption / Dominique Desjeux -- 11.Claude Levi-Strauss and the structural fabric of meaning / Benoit Heilbrunn -- 12.Talcott Parsons: structural foundations for cultural sociology / Melanie Wallendorf -- 13.The relevance of consumption in Niklas Luhmann's theory of society / Marius K. Luedicke -- pt. V Identity trajectories -- 14.Mind, self and consumption: George Herbert Mead / Cele Otnes -- 15.Sartre's insights for identity, desire, the gift and posthumanism / Russell Belk -- 16.Paul Ricoeur, vigil of the self / Benoit Heilbrunn -- 17.Habermas: reigniting enlightenment reason / Jeff B. Murray -- pt. VI Civilization and history -- 18.Remembering Walter Benjamin, or the death of the last intellectual / Robert Kozinets -- 19.Norbert Elias: figurations and consumption / Robin Canniford -- 20.Braudel's notions of time, capitalism and market / Eminegul Karababa -- pt. VII The language of commodities -- 21.Shopping with Charles Peirce: from sign meaning to sign degeneracy in the marketplace / Kent Grayson -- 22.Roland Barthes: the (anti-)structuralist / Luca M. Visconti -- 23.Jean Baudrillard: the Nietzsche of our times(?) / Per Østergaard -- 24.Bruno Latour: philosopher of togetherness in action / Domen Bajde -- pt. VIII Power games -- 25.Adorno, Horkheimer and the audacity of reason / Jeff B. Murray -- 26.Pierre Bourdieu: luminary or elitist? Capital and the project of consumption / Christina Goulding -- 27.Producing Foucauldians: consumer culture theory and the analytics of power / Craig J. Thompson -- 28.De Certeau: a thinker of the everyday / Nil Ozcaglar-Toulouse -- 29.Judith Butler: gender performativity and heterosexual hegemony / Pauline Maclaran -- pt. IX The imaginary and humanity -- 30.Freud the scientist? / John Desmond -- 31.The consumer as sovereign: the general economy of Georges Bataille / Christian Jantzen -- 32.Edgar Morin: the uniduality of the magical and the real / Soren Askegaard -- 33.Beyond reductionism, constructivism and arbitrary sampling in consumer research thanks to Castoriadis / Dominique Bouchet -- 34.Zizek: a pervert's guide to the libidinal narcissistic economy / Alan Bradshaw -- pt. X Postscript -- 35.To ERR is human: on failing to read (and forgetting to remember) the classics / Stephen Brown.
- Canonical Authors in Consumption Theory is the first work to compile the contributions of the greatest social thinkers in the global conversation about consumption and consumer culture. A prestigious reference work, it offers original chapters by the world's most prominent thought leaders and surveys how the work of historical theorists has influenced and shaped consumption theory, both through history and at the cutting edge of research. Consumption is at the core of contemporary lifestyles, of political successes and failures and of discussions around sustainability and environmental change. Contemporary consumer culture shapes modern identities, and is the engine of the globalizing capitalist economy. Still, most social theorizations over the last century and a half have addressed production processes rather than consumption processes. This is about to change. Studies of consumption play an increasing role as a topic and a domain of study in marketing, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies. Currently, there is no single compilation that systematically links scholarly work published by the greatest social thinkers of the last 150 years to the understanding of contemporary consumer society. This book provides a solid framework for understanding the relevance of these canonical authors in social theory to facilitate analysis of consumer culture, and to act as a comprehensive reference point for consumer researchers, doctoral students and practitioners.
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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