Navigation Links
'Consumer Society' by Barry Smart
Date:4/12/2010

London (April 12, 2010) Consumer Society by Barry Smart published this month by SAGE challenges the assumptions about consumer choice and the benefits of increasing consumerism. The book argues that continuing pursuit of increasing levels of economic growth and ever-increasing consumerism is socially undesirable and ecologically unsustainable. It provides a powerful and lucid critical analysis of modern consumer society and its social, economic, and environmental consequences by drawing on historical studies and social and economic analyses of consumerism and engaging critically with research documenting the consequences modern consumer lifestyles have had for individuals, communities, societies, and the environment.

Ever-increasing consumption and a relentless pursuit of growth in output are the twin pillars on which the modern economy and contemporary social life rest. But the consumer way of life is globally unsustainable. We can't all live the consumer dream. The book examines what factors are contributing to the continuing growth in consumption of goods and services? At what point do the costs associated with consumerism begin to call our way of life into question? How are the problems of resource depletion, waste and pollution, and environmental impact being addressed? What is to be done about the consequences of our all-consuming way of life?

Adept in handling a complex range of classical and contemporary theoretical sources, the book draws on an impressive range of comparative material and provides a variety of contemporary examples to inform and enhance understanding of our consuming way of life. Smart writes with verve and feeling and has produced a stimulating book that enlarges our understanding of consumer culture and provides a timely critical analysis of its consequences.

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

Barry Smart is Professor of Sociology at University of Portsmouth. He has worked at universities in Australia, England, Japan and New Zealand. He lectured at the University of Sheffield until 1988 and was then Associate-Professor at Auckland University before joining Portsmouth in 1995.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jayne Fairley
jayne.fairley@sagepub.co.uk
44-207-324-8719
SAGE Publications UK
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. GenWay Biotechs You Test You puts early cancer detection tool in the hands of consumers
2. NJIT patent may be able to replace BPA, make consumer products safer
3. Consumers over age 50 should consider steps to cut copper and iron intake
4. DigitalPersona Announces Windows 7 Support for Its Enterprise, Developer and Consumer Products
5. Direct-to-consumer genetic testing -- 2-day symposium
6. Lead-based consumer paint remains a global public health threat
7. Genetic tests advertised directly to the consumer
8. Chemicals in common consumer products may play a role in pre-term births
9. Consumers more likely to identify healthy food using traffic light nutrition labels
10. Rutgers study finds many consumers ignore food product recalls
11. Analysis of fresh strawberries reveals consumer preferences
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/16/2016)... 16, 2016 The global ... to reach USD 1.83 billion by 2024, according ... Inc. Technological proliferation and increasing demand in commercial ... to drive the market growth.      ... The development of advanced multimodal techniques for biometric ...
(Date:6/9/2016)... in attendance control systems is proud to announce the introduction of fingerprint attendance control ... right employees are actually signing in, and to even control the opening of doors. ... ... ... Photo - ...
(Date:6/7/2016)... 7, 2016  Syngrafii Inc. and San Antonio ... that includes integrating Syngrafii,s patented LongPen™ eSignature "Wet" ... collaboration will result in greater convenience for SACU ... while maintaining existing document workflow and compliance requirements. ... Highlights: ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... NEW YORK , June 23, 2016 ... the trading session at 4,833.32, down 0.22%; the Dow Jones ... the S&P 500 closed at 2,085.45, down 0.17%. Stock-Callers.com has ... INFI ), Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR ... BIND Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BIND ). Learn more ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... FRANCISCO , June 22, 2016  Amgen (NASDAQ: ... sponsorship of the QB3@953 life sciences incubator ... human health. The shared laboratory space at QB3@953 was ... overcome a key obstacle for many early stage organizations ... part of the sponsorship, Amgen launched two "Amgen Golden ...
(Date:6/22/2016)...  According to Kalorama Information, the dominant trends ... include significant efforts in automation as well as ... affordable sequencers, say the healthcare market research firm, ... sample prep materials.  The healthcare market research company,s ... Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) , highlights major trends ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA (PRWEB) , ... June 21, 2016 , ... ... — and without cutting into the tissue — promise to enable both compact, wearable ... information and from even deeper under the skin. , Recent work and visionary future ...
Breaking Biology Technology: