The making of the consumer

knowledge, power and identity in the modern world

Author: Frank Trentmann

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: 9781845202484

Category: Social Science

Page: 318

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Ranging from the United States to contemporary Papua New Guinea, and from the European Union to China, this book discusses the evolution of the consumer in economics, law, and anthropology; the political contestation of water and tea, as well as shopping in modern Europe, and the current refashioning of consumer identities in East Germany, in multinational stores in China, and in public debates about the effect of consumerism on childhood and citizenship in Europe and North America. Bringing together international experts from history, law, economics, anthropology, and media studies, this book offers a historically informed perspective on the rise of the consumer to its current prominence.

The SAGE Handbook of Consumer Culture

Author: Olga Kravets,Pauline Maclaran,Steven Miles,Alladi Venkatesh

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473998794

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 576

View: 3096

The SAGE Handbook of Consumer Culture is a one-stop resource for scholars and students of consumption, where the key dimensions of consumer culture are critically discussed and articulated.

The Routledge Companion to Business History

Author: John F. Wilson,Steven Toms,Abe de Jong,Emily Buchnea

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135007829

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 394

View: 1710

The Routledge Companion to Business History is a definitive work of reference, and authoritative, international source on business history. Compiled by leading scholars in the field, it offers both researchers and students an introduction and overview of current scholarship in this expanding discipline. Drawing on a wealth of international contributions, this volume expands the field and explores how business history interacts theoretically and methodologically with other fields. It charts the origins and development of business history and its global reach from Latin America and Africa, to North America and Europe. With this multi-perspective approach, it illustrates the unique contribution of business history and its relationship with a range of other disciplines, from finance and banking to gender issues in corporations. The Routledge Companion to Business History is a vital source of reference for students and researchers in the fields of business history, corporate governance and business ethics.

The Design of Everyday Life

Author: Elizabeth Shove

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1845206835

Category: Art

Page: 174

View: 5323

How do common household items such as basic plastic house wares or high-tech digital cameras transform our daily lives? This title considers this question, from the design of products through to their use in the home. It looks at how everyday objects, ranging from screwdrivers to photo management software, are used on a practical level.

Food and Globalization

Consumption, Markets and Politics in the Modern World

Author: Alexander Nützenadel,Frank Trentmann

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1845206797

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 284

View: 6620

Food has a special significance in the expanding field of global history. In this wide-ranging study, the authors provide an historical overview of the relationship between food and globalization in the modern world.

Time, Consumption and Everyday Life

Practice, Materiality and Culture

Author: Elizabeth Shove,Frank Trentmann,Richard Wilk

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1847886248

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 4994

Has material civilization spun out of control, becoming too fast for our own well-being and that of the planet? This book confronts these anxieties and examines the changing rhythms and temporal organization of everyday life. How do people handle hurriedness, burn-out and stress? Are slower forms of consumption viable? In case studies covering the United States, Asia and Europe, international experts follow routines and rhythms, their emotional and political dynamics and show how they are anchored in material culture and everyday practice. Running themes of the book are questions of coordination and disruption; cycles and seasons; and the interplay between power and freedom, and between material and natural forces. The result is a volume that brings studies of practice, temporality and material culture together to open up a new intellectual agenda.

Reconnecting Consumers, Producers and Food

Exploring Alternatives

Author: Moya Kneafsey,Rosie Cox,Lewis Holloway,Elizabeth Dowler,Laura Venn,Helena Tuomainen

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1847886183

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 8638

Reconnecting Consumers, Producers and Food presents a detailed and empirically grounded analysis of alternatives to current models of food provision. The book offers insights into the identities, motives and practices of individuals engaged in reconnecting producers, consumers and food. Arguing for a critical revaluation of the meanings of choice and convenience, Reconnecting Consumers, Producers and Food provides evidence to support the construction of a more sustainable and equitable food system which is built on the relationships between people, communities and their environments.

Environment and Planning

Society & space. D

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Electronic journals

Page: N.A

View: 9109

International interdisciplinary journal discussing the relations between Society and Space. Space is broadly conceived: from landscapes of the body to global geographies; from cyberspace to old growth forests; as metaphorical and material; as theoretical construct and empirical fact. Covers both practical politics and the abstractions of social theory.

Consuming cultures, global perspectives

historical trajectories, transnational exchanges

Author: John Brewer,Frank Trentmann

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: 9781845202460

Category: History

Page: 317

View: 2412

Drawing on case studies from around the world, a trans-national perspective allows the authors to look at the genealogy of the modern consumer and the development of consumer cultures, from the porcelain trade and consumption in Britain and China in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to post Second World War developments in America and Japan, and the contemporary consumer politics of cosmopolitan citizenship.

Governance, Citizens and Consumers

Agency and Resistance in Contemporary Politics

Author: Mark Bevir,Frank Trentmann

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230517288

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 8681

This is the first book to bring together a focus on governance with that on cultures of consumption. It asks about the changing place of the consumer as citizen in recent trends in governance, about the tensions between competing ideas and practices of consumerism, and about the active role of consumers in the construction of governance. The book seeks to expand the debate about consumers and governance and to raise the possibility of new conceptions and policy agendas.

The khat controversy

stimulating the debate on drugs

Author: David Anderson

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: 9781845202514

Category: Nature

Page: 254

View: 6253

Khat is a natural substance that, in the Middle East, is as ubiquitous as coffee in the West. It is hugely popular in some African and Arab populations. But critics contend that it is a seriously addictive stimulant that damages the cardiovascular system. In a groundbreaking study, the authors go behind the veil of the drug, questioning its availability and its affect on its Red Sea producers. Interwoven with case studies from Djibouti to Rome, The Khat Controversygoes deeper to explore contemporary issues relating to globalization, ethnicity and culture. The first study of this contested drug, Khat provides a concise introduction to the issues surrounding Khat usage and suggests how policymakers should address them.

Caviar with champagne

common luxury and the ideals of the good life in Stalin's Russia

Author: Jukka Gronow

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: 9781859736333

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 196

View: 3641

"Life has become more joyous, comrades. "--Josef Stalin, 1936 Stalin's Russia is best known for its political repression, forced collectivization and general poverty. Caviar with Champagne presents an altogether different aspect of Stalin's rule that has never been fully analyzed - the creation of a luxury goods society. At the same time as millions were queuing for bread and starving, drastic changes took place in the cultural and economic policy of the country, which had important consequences for the development of Soviet material culture and the promotion of its ideals of consumption. The 1930s witnessed the first serious attempt to create a genuinely Soviet commercial culture that would rival the West. Government ministers took exploratory trips to America to learn about everything from fast food hamburgers to men's suits in Macy's. The government made intricate plans to produce high-quality luxury goods en masse, such as chocolate, caviar, perfume, liquor and assorted novelties. Perhaps the best symbol of this new cultural order was Soviet Champagne, which launched in 1936 with plans to produce millions of bottles by the end of the decade. Drawing on previously neglected archival material, Jukka Gronow examines how such new pleasures were advertised and enjoyed. He interprets Soviet-styled luxury goods as a form of kitsch and examines the ideological underpinnings behind their production. This new attitude toward consumption was accompanied by the promotion of new manners of everyday life. The process was not without serious ideological contradictions. Ironically, a factory worker living in the United States - the largest capitalist society in the world - would have been hard-pressed to afford caviar or champagne for a special occasion in the 1930s, but a Soviet worker theoretically could (assuming supplies were in stock). The Soviet example is unique since the luxury culture had to be created entirely from scratch, and the process was taken extremely seriously. Even the smallest decisions, such as the design of perfume bottles, were made at the highest level of government by the People's Commissars. Sometimes the interpretation of 'luxury goods' bordered on the comical, such as the push to produce Soviet ketchup and wurst. This fascinating look at consumer culture under Stalin offers a new perspective on the Soviet Union of the 1930s, as well as new interpretations on consumption.

Smoke signals

women, smoking and visual culture in Britain

Author: Penny Tinkler

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: 9781845202668

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 236

View: 1281

Every year, thousands of women attempt to kick their smoking habit because it is an unhealthy, expensive addiction. And every year, thousands do not quit because of nicotine cravings and because smoking has an image which is almost as addictive as the cigarette itself. It is seductive and alluring - but where does this image come from, and has it always been so deadly? In Smoke Signals, Tinkler charts women's changing relationship to tobacco from the 1880s to the 1980s during which smoking transformed from a male practice to one enjoyed by both sexes. Focusing on the feminization of cigarette smoking, the author unravels the role of visual culture and the impact of social, economic, medical and technological changes. Drawing on women's own photographs, alongside images from magazines, newspapers, television and film, this book provides a detailed and stimulating exploration of the role of visual culture in the history of women and smoking.

A Japanese Advertising Agency

An Anthropology of Media and Markets

Author: Brian Moeran

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824818739

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 322

View: 6160

This is a formal account of the structure and organization of a large Japanese advertising agency. Based on a year's fieldwork in a Tokyo-based agency, the book presents a case study of an advertising campaign to outline the complex relations that exist both between different division (Account, Planning, Marketing, Creative) within an advertising agency, and between the agency and the client, on the one hand, and the agency and media on the other.