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SOCY 7771 Understanding Consumer Society (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course is designed to train graduate students in the sociology of consumption and to analyze contemporary contradictions and trends in consumer culture. We begin with the history of consumer culture, then move on to classic authors (Frankfort School, Veblen, Bourdieu, Giddens), as well as more recent versions of these approaches. We pay particular attention to Bourdieu, whose work has been particularly influential. In the last third of the course we consider consumption from the perspective of topical areas: identity consumption, consumption and race, global consumer culture, sustainable consumption and others.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Juliet Schor

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17