Gender and Consumption: Domestic Cultures and the Commercialisation of Everyday Life

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Dr Lydia Martens, Ms Emma Casey
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Dec 28, 2012 - Social Science - 256 pages

Drawing upon anthropological, sociological and historical perspectives, this volume provides a unique insight into women’s domestic consumption. The contributors argue that domestic consumption represents an important lens through which to examine the everyday production and reproduction of socio-economic relations. Through a variety of case studies (such as gambling, wedding day consumption and bedroom décor), the essays explore and reconsider the nature of public and private spaces, and the subsequent nature of domestic space – often by challenging traditional notions of what constitutes ‘the domestic’. The volume demonstrates the broad range of experiences that domestic consumption offers women and reveals some of the complex meanings and motivations underpinning women’s consumption practices.

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Emma Casey is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, UK. Lydia Martens is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Criminology, Education, Sociology and Social Work, Keele University, UK.

Contributors: Emma Casey, Lydia Martens, Judy Giles, Joanne Hollows, Susan Reid, Alison J. Clarke, Jacqueline Davidson, Sharon Boden, Elizabeth B. Silva, Sarah Pink, Dana Wilson-Kovacs, Irene Cieraad.

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