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The Politics and Pleasures of Consuming Differently
 
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The Politics and Pleasures of Consuming Differently
 
 
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14 Nov 2008
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Alarm over the contribution of affluent lifestyles to global warming and environmental destruction is combining with growing disquiet over the damage affluence does to consumers themselves. Consumerism is increasingly felt to be both unsustainable and harmful to health and happiness. The search for alternative conceptions of the good life has moved from the margins to the centre of contemporary debate.
 

This collection offers a vital intervention in the context of this anxiety, disenchantment and openness to other ways of living. It engages with these developments as they are being reflected in culture and shaping experience in Britain, Europe and the United States. Its 'alternative hedonist' perspective informs an analysis that covers representations in film, TV and writing; new initiatives in the production and marketing of food; the ethics and politics of consumer choice; and philosophical and cultural inquiry into the nature of happiness and desire. Original, forcefully written and timely, it points towards a new inter-disciplinary understanding of how the consumer society and its future will be theorised, researched and taught in higher education and beyond.


Description


Alarm over the contribution of affluent lifestyles to global warming and environmental destruction is combining with growing disquiet over the damage affluence does to consumers themselves. Consumerism is increasingly felt to be both unsustainable and harmful to health and happiness. The search for alternative conceptions of the good life has moved from the margins to the centre of contemporary debate.
 

This collection offers a vital intervention in the context of this anxiety, disenchantment and openness to other ways of living. It engages with these developments as they are being reflected in culture and shaping experience in Britain, Europe and the United States. Its 'alternative hedonist' perspective informs an analysis that covers representations in film, TV and writing; new initiatives in the production and marketing of food; the ethics and politics of consumer choice; and philosophical and cultural inquiry into the nature of happiness and desire. Original, forcefully written and timely, it points towards a new inter-disciplinary understanding of how the consumer society and its future will be theorised, researched and taught in higher education and beyond.


Contents

Introduction Kate Soper
PART I: Texts and Representations
Representing Consumers; R. Sassatelli
The Past, the Future and the Golden Age; M.Ryle
Ecochic: Contemporary Lifestyle Magazines; L.Thomas
Mediated Culture and Exemptionalism; S.Blanchard
PART II: Value, hedonism, critique
The BohemianHabitus; S.Binkley
Sustainable Hedonism; Mde Geus
Green Pleasures; R.Kerridge
PART III: Everyday consumption
Happiness and the Consumption of Mobility; J.Solomon
Gendering Anti-Consumerism; J.Littler
Growing Sustainable Consumption Communities; G.Seyfang
PART IV: Conclusion
Conclusion; M.Ryle, K.Soper & L.Thomas


Authors


KATE SOPER is Professor of Philosophy at London Metropolitan University, UK. She is well known for her work on the philosophy of nature and as a theorist of need and consumption, and has recently been a lead researcher in the ESRC/AHRC 'Cultures of Consumption' Programme. She is co-editor (with Frank Trentmann) of Citizenship and Consumption.
 
MARTIN RYLE is Reader in the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sussex, UK, where he teaches literature and cultural studies. He has published and edited books and articles on a wide range of nineteenth and twentieth-century writing.
 
LYN THOMAS is Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of European Transformations, London Metropolitan University, UK. She is the author of Annie Ernaux: An Introduction to the Writer and her Audience, Fans, Feminisms and 'Quality' Media and Annie Ernaux, à la première personne.