Consumption and Capitalism
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This chapter explores those areas in which there is an explicit or official objectification of the consumer per se. It provides the arguments within the book that explicitly address the general issue regarding the articulation of consumption and production. During fieldwork in 1988 a conference was held in Port of Spain under the auspices of the regional office of the International Organization of Consumers Unions for Latin America and the Caribbean. Consumer groups from all over the region assembled along with invited guests, such as the head of the British Consumer Association. The weekly papers also reported scandals and exposures against particular products and companies, but such was their reputation that, while on the one hand they would hit against bodies that the more establishment dailies might not feel free to attack, on the other hand there was always the suspicion that their attacks were partial, echoing personal scores and rivalries.