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Consuming Life


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Introduction Or, the most closely guarded secret of the society of consumers 1 1 Consumerism versus Consumption 25 2 Society of Consumers 52 3 Consumerist Culture 82 4 Collateral Casualties of Consumerism 117 Notes 151 Index 158

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Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw.


"[An] engaged and important antidote to the platitudes of the times ... encourages the very human virtues [Bauman seeks] to recover from a world otherwise only concerned with the easy, the simple and the fast." Times Higher Education "A masterful account and critique of consumerism and the social consequences of its ubiquity ... another worthy contribution to the urgent task of social critique amid unprecedented and unfettered consumerism." Sociology "A timely intervention in helping sociologists think about what the sociology of consumption has achieved." Sociological Review "Consuming Life provides a fiery, stimulating and sharp diagnosis, with much to tell us about where and who we are in a market-led society." Commentary

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