ABSTRACT

Research on consumption can shed light on many fundamental questions, such as the character of society, including social and cultural dimensions; the relations between the generations; dependency on technology and the risks involved; the rise of Asia and its potential consumption preferences; the question of whether we must continuously increase our consumption to avoid a recession and whether this is ecologically sustainable. In the field of consumption research there is need for analytical rigor based on theory and empirical evidence as well as discussions that will inspire readers to ask important questions regarding future development. The contributors to this innovative volume are scholars and experts in the field of consumption representing a variety of disciplines such as anthropology, economics, history, marketing, political science, and sociology. This book not only provides readers with a nuanced picture of consumption, but intends to enrich and sharpen the general debate about society today.

part |2 pages

Part I Editor’s Introduction

chapter |12 pages

PART I Introduction

ByKARIN M. EKSTRÖM, KAY GLANS

part |2 pages

Part II A Changing Society

chapter 1|8 pages

The Economics and the Anti-Economics of Consumption

ByDEIRDRE NANSEN McCLOSKEY

chapter 2|12 pages

The Hyperconsumption Society

ByGILLES LIPOVETSKY

chapter 3|15 pages

Consumption in an Age of Globalization and Localization

ByRICHARD WILK

chapter 5|13 pages

Consumption beyond Dualism

ByDANIEL MILLER

part |2 pages

Part III Changing Consumer Roles

chapter 6|14 pages

Selves as Objects of Consumption

ByZYGMUNT BAUMAN

chapter 7|13 pages

Consumers as Citizens: Tensions and Synergies

ByFRANK TRENTMANN

chapter 9|12 pages

Communities of Purpose

ByJOHN W. SCHOUTEN, DIANE M. MARTIN

chapter 10|12 pages

Value Creation and the Visual Consumer

ByJONATHAN E. SCHROEDER

chapter 11|14 pages

“Keeping Up with the Children”: Changing Consumer Roles in Families

ByKARIN M. EKSTRÖM

part |2 pages

Part IV The Consumption Bubble and Beyond?

chapter 13|17 pages

(Un)sustainable Consumption and the New Political Economy of Growth

ByMAURIE J. COHEN

chapter 14|14 pages

If US Consumption Declines Will the Global Economy Collapse?

ByNEVA GOODWIN

chapter 15|16 pages

Philosophies for Less Consuming Societies

ByRUSSELL BELK

chapter 16|15 pages

Well-Being the Path Out of the Consumption–Climate Dilemma?

ByJOHN HOLMBERG, JONAS NÄSSÉN

chapter 17|15 pages

What Is to Be Undone: The Making of the Middle Class in China

ByPATRICIA M. THORNTON