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SOCY 1021 The Question of Consumer Society: Shop 'Til You Drop (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Consumer culture has become a central focus of US, and global society. After a debt-driven consumption boom, economic collapse has caused consumers to pull back on spending. In this course we look at the history, present and future of consumer culture, addressing questions such as: why and how did consumer culture emerge? How does it reflect and reproduce social inequalities of race, class and gender? What is the role of advertising and marketing? How is consumption affecting climate change, bio-diversity and ecological systems? Readings include Veblen, Bourdieu, Holt, Friedan, McKibben, and Frank.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Juliet B. Schor

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17