Consumption has become one of the leading topics across the social sciences and vocational disciplines such as marketing and business studies. In this comprehensively updated and revised new edition, traditional approaches as well as the most recent literature are fully addressed and incorporated, with wide reference to theoretical and empirical work. Fine's refreshing and authoritative text includes a critical examination of such themes as:
* economics imperialism and globalization
* the world of commodities
* systems of provision and culture
* the consumer society
* public consumption.
This book presents an updated analysis of the cluttered landscape of studies of consumption that will make it required reading for students from a wide range of backgrounds including political economy, history and social science courses generally.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction and Overview 2. From Economics Imperialism to Globalization 3. The World of Commodities 4. Use Value and Consumption 5. Consumption through Systems of Provision 6. Systems of Provision and Cultural Systems 7. Economics and Consumption 8. What is Consumer Society? 9. Whatever Happened to Public Consumption? 10 Welfarism in Light of Globalization 11. Whither Consumption Studies?
Ben Fine is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Policy for Southern Africa, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of several books for Routledge, including Social Capital Versus Social Theory (2000).
'The standard work for students and scholars of consumption for years to come' - David F. Ruccio, University of Notre Dame, USA
'This remarkable book provides a bridge between materialist and cultural analyses of campitalism. In readily digestible prose, the author synthesizes material on the causes and consequences of consumption from Baudrillard and Marx, on the one hand, to neoclassical economic theory on the other. What results is that rare thing - an essential book for all interested in the social sciences.' - Gary Dimski, Professor of Economics, University of California, Riverside, USA
'Here is an essential book which is confidently interdisciplinary, drawing on diverse currents within the social sciences and developing a rich understanding of the subject.' - Frank Sitwell, Professor of Political Economy, University of Sydney, Australia