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A Social and Economic Theory of Consumption (Electronic book text)
A Social and Economic Theory of Consumption (Electronic book text): Kaj Ilmonen
A Social and Economic Theory of Consumption (Electronic book text): Kaj Ilmonen

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A Social and Economic Theory of Consumption (Electronic book text)

Kaj Ilmonen; Edited by Pekka Sulkunen, Keijo Rahkonen, Jukka Gronow, Arto Noro, Alan Warde

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Kaj Ilmonen was a pioneer in the third wave of the sociology of consumption in the 1970s; an original and erudite scholar and sociological theorist. This book provides a balanced overview of the sociology of consumption, reaching out towards its current and future development. The author's argument is that the enthusiasm of 'the third wave' exaggerated the role of the symbolic and imaginary at the expense of the materiality of human societies. Going back to Marx he reminds us that consumption should be seen as part of the metabolism between nature and human societies, with specific characteristics in modern capitalism. In a curious way, affluent societies highlight features of the fundamental mechanisms of the social bond, such as gift exchange. Even money, the institution that we associate with calculative rationality, obeys laws that violate the rules of equivalent exchange and quantitative measurement.

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Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2010
Authors: Kaj Ilmonen
Editors: Pekka Sulkunen • Keijo Rahkonen • Jukka Gronow • Arto Noro • Alan Warde
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 248
ISBN-13: 978-1-282-99884-1
Barcode: 9781282998841
Categories: Promotions
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology
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LSN: 1-282-99884-6

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