This book is written as a survey for students who are interested in the nature and role of consumer culture in modern societies. Drawing on a wide range of studies, the author examines the rise of consumer culture and the changing relations between the production and consumption of cultural goods. Rejecting the Marxist principle of production as the lone economic determinant in capitalist society, Lury presents consumerism as an equally active player in the free market. Rather than existing as opposites, production and consumerism are seen as complements, feeding off each other in an endless cycle.
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