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Consumption and Everyday Life


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Introduction: We are all consumers

1. How We Became Consumers: Theories of Consumption

2. You Are What You Buy? Consumption and Identity

3. Globalization and McDisneyfication: Producing the Global Consumer

4. Bodyshopping: The Commodification of Experience and Sensation

5. Nature, Inc.

6. The 'Knowing' Consumer: The Science of Shopping and the Arts of Appropriation

7. Cathedrals, Palaces, and Paradises: Modernity and the Spaces of Consumption

8. Malls as Everyday Sites of Spectacle and Enchantment

9. 'Just Do It': The Poetics and Politics of Brands and Logos

10. The Ethics of Consumption


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About the Author

Dr Mark Paterson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research blog is at

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