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Being Human in a Consumer Society (Classical and

This e-book bargains a brand new viewpoint on sociological experiences of the shopper society, introducing ignored normative questions in terms of the nice lifestyles and human flourishing - matters usually mentioned in fields of ethical, political, and social philosophy. With realization to quite a lot of matters, together with postemotional legislations and accountability, dehumanised intake and prosumerism, model, embodiment, conspicuous intake, and sustainability, this e-book analyzes the structural and cultural adjustments that may be pointed out in buyer society. It additionally deals a serious - yet no longer pessimistic - view of the real query of no matter if intake is resulting in an expanding isolation, individualization or commodification of people, suggesting an analytical framework for figuring out shopper tradition and human praxis.

Bringing jointly paintings from throughout disciplines by means of students within the US, Europe, and the united kingdom to interact with questions relating our globalized and globalizing international, the place consumerism is a keystone for knowing our modern tradition and its social constructions, Being Human in a client Society will entice students and scholars of sociology, social concept, and modern philosophy.

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This is true not only for those who work in such a society, especially in low-level service occupations, but contrary to conventional wisdom it is also true for consumers of the goods and services on offer. We have little difficulty understanding the great efforts that have been made to create structures of consumption that serve, perhaps unintentionally, to limit the humanity, to dehumanize, those who work there, especially those who stand at or near the bottom of the occupational hierarchy (Marx [1867] 1967; Ehrenreich 2008).

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The thinking of Michel de Certeau (1984) is important here, especially the view that actors are poets or their own affairs and trailblazers in formally rational systems. In a more negative sense this chapter is rooted in Max Weber’s ([1921] 1968) work on dehumanization, especially as it is caused by rationalized structures, as well as Karl Marx’s ([1867] 1967) view that the structures of capitalism serve to destroy the natural interconnectedness that characterizes humans fully able to be dehumanized.

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