The World of Goods

Towards an Anthropology of Consumption

Author: Mary Douglas

Publisher: Psychology Press

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Category: Social Science

Page: 169

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In this pioneering work, a leading anthropologist and an economist join forces to suggest that people use goods as a means of communicating with each other and illustrate how we can better understand the way this affects society.

Consumption and the World of Goods

Author: John Brewer

Publisher: Routledge

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Category: History

Page: 588

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The study of past society in terms of what it consumes rather than what it produces is - relatively speaking - a new development. The focus on consumption changes the whole emphasis and structure of historical enquiry. While human beings usually work within a single trade or industry as producers, as, say, farmers or industrial workers, as consumers they are active in many different markets or networks. And while history written from a production viewpoint has, by chance or design, largely been centred on the work of men, consumption history helps to restore women o the mainstream. The history of consumption demands a wide range of skills. It calls upon the methods and techniques of many other disciplines, including archaeology, sociology, social and economic history, anthropology and art criticism. But it is not simply a melting-pot of techniques and skills, brought to bear on a past epoch. Its objectives amount to a new description of a past culture in its totality, as perceived through its patterns of consumption in goods and services. Consumption and the World of Goods is the first of three volumes to examine history from this perspective, and is a unique collaboration between twenty-six leading subject specialists from Europe and North America. The outcome is a new interpretation of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, one that shapes a new historical landscape based on the consumption of goods and services.

The Power of the Machine

Global Inequalities of Economy, Technology, and Environment

Author: Alf Hornborg

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 826

Hornborg argues that we are caught in a collective illusion about the nature of modern technology that prevents us from imagining solutions to our economic and environmental crises other than technocratic fixes. He demonstrates how the power of the machine generates increasingly asymmetrical exchanges and distribution of resources and risks between distant populations and ecosystems, and thus an increasingly polarized world order. The author challenges us to reconceptualize the machine-'industrial technomass'—as a species of power and a problem of culture. He shows how economic anthropology has the tools to deconstruct the concepts of production, money capital, and market exchange, and to analyze capital accumulation as a problem at the very interface of the natural and social sciences. Hornborg's work is essential for researchers in anthropology, human ecology, economics, political economy, world-systems theory, environmental justice, and science and technology studies.

Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture

Author: Dale Southerton

Publisher: SAGE

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Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1596

View: 883

The three-volume Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture covers consuming societies around the world, from the Age of Enlightenment to the present, and shows how consumption has become intrinsic to the world's social, economic, political, and cultural landscapes. Offering an invaluable interdisciplinary approach, this reference work is a useful resource for researchers in sociology, political science, consumer science, global studies, comparative studies, business and management, human geography, economics, history, anthropology, and psychology. The first encyclopedia to outline the parameters of consumer culture, the Encyclopedia provides a critical, scholarly resource on consumption and consumerism over time. Key topics: Theories and concepts Socio-economic change Socio-demographic change Identity and social differentiation Media Style and taste Mass consumptions Ethical Consumption Civil society Environment Domestic consumption Leisure Technology Work Production Markets Institutions Welfare Urban life

Collecting in a Consumer Society

Author: Russell W. Belk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 365

This groundbreaking book examines the relationship between the development of the consumer society and the rise of collecting by individuals and institutions. Rusell Belk considers how and why people collect, as individuals, corporations and museums, and the impact this collecting has on us and our culture. Collecting in a Consumer Society outlines the history of museum collecting from ancient civilizations to the present. It also looks at aspects of consumer culture - advertizing, department stores, mass merchandizing, consumer desires, and how this relates to the activity of collecting. Collecting in a Consumer Society is the first book to focus on collecting as material consumption. This is a provocative and engaging book, essential reading for anyone involved with the process of collecting.

Hunter-gatherers today

an Aboriginal economy in north Australia

Author: Jon C. Altman

Publisher: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 251

View: 463

Perspectives on radical changes to sustainable consumption and production

Author: Arnold Tukker

Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 470

View: 101

The SCORE! experts are working with actors in industry, consumer groups and eco-labelling organisations in the key consumption areas of mobility, food and agriculture, and energy use and housing - responsible for 70 per cent of the life-cycle environmental impacts of Western societies with the aim of stimulating, fostering or forcing change to SCP theory in practice. "System Innovation for Sustainability 2" will follow in 2008 and comprise of a comprehensive set of case studies in these critical consumption areas. Each chapter of this book examines problems and suggests solutions from a business, design, consumer and system innovation perspective. It primarily examines the differing solutions necessary in the consumer economies of the West, but also comments on the differing needs in rapidly emerging economies such as China, as well as base-of-the-pyramid economies.The "System Innovation for Sustainability" series is the fruit of the only major international research network on SCP and will set the standard in this field for some years to come. It will be required reading for all involved in the policy debate on sustainable production and consumption from government, business, academia and NGOs for designers, scientists, businesses and system innovators.

Cultural Anthropology

Author: Barbara D. Miller

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 459

View: 436

----STUDENT EDITION---- The first mainstream book to truly integrate coverage of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and age continues to win high praise. One user writes, "" Miller's text offers clarity and an attention to diversity and inequality in human experience that the students really appreciate." " Emphasizing social inequality, this contemporary introductory textbook explains how inequalities affect economy, kinship, politics, religion, and language while still covering the core concepts of cultural anthropology. Special Features: Integrates coverage of contemporary issues suCh. as health systems, migration, and development throughout the text to highlight the practical applications and relevance of cultural anthropological studies. More focus on theory in cultural anthropology with a new section on the history of theory (Ch. 1) and more explicit links to theory in the Critical Thinking boxes in every chapter. Development Anthropology includes new discussions and the latest researCh. on the relationship between development on indigenous peoples, social inequality, and new examples of human resistance in the face of large-scale exogenous development (Ch. 16). Back by popular demand, Miller's migration chapter, " People on the Move" -- unique in this market-- returns as Chapter 15. New layout, larger pages, and attractive design combine to make this Third Edition even more accessible to students! Boxed Features show the interconnection of Anthropology to other disciplines and to career opportunities: Lessons Applied illustrates how anthropological knowledge impacts the" real world" through vital contributions to social projects and policy. Unity and Diversity boxed features present cultural examples from the perspectives of both difference and similarity. While most writings of cultural anthropologists document variation and diversity, it is important to remember that humans everywhere share certain features of life in common. Critical Thinking boxes present a topic, often from two different angles, and then ask questions that provide critical thinking reviews and possible assignments for students. ----EXAM COPY EDITION---- The first mainstream book to truly integrate coverage of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and age continues to win high praise. One user writes, "" Miller's text offers clarity and an attention to diversity and inequality in human experience that the students really appreciate." " Emphasizing social inequality, this contemporary introductory textbook explains how inequalities affect economy, kinship, politics, religion, and language while still covering the core concepts of cultural anthropology. Special Features: Integrates coverage of contemporary issues suCh. as health systems, migration, and development throughout the text to highlight the practical applications and relevance of cultural anthropological studies. More focus on theory in cultural anthropology with a new section on the history of theory (Ch. 1) and more explicit links to theory in the Critical Thinking boxes in every chapter. Development Anthropology includes new discussions and the latest researCh. on the relationship between development on indigenous peoples, social inequality, and new examples of human resistance in the face of large-scale exogenous development (Ch. 16). Back by popular demand, Miller's migration chapter, " People on the Move" -- unique in this market-- returns as Chapter 15. New layout, larger pages, and attractive design combine to make this Third Edition even more accessible to students! Boxed Features show the interconnection of Anthropology to other disciplines and to career opportunities: Lessons Applied illustrates how anthropological knowledge impacts the " real world" through vital contributions to social projects and policy. Unity and Diversity boxed features present cultural examples from the perspectives of both difference and similarity. While most writings of cultural anthropologists document variation and diversity, it is important to remember that humans everywhere share certain features of life in common. Critical Thinking boxes present a topic, often from two different angles, and then ask questions that provide critical thinking reviews and possible assignments for students.