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Cultural Sociology

The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism

New Extended Edition

Authors: Campbell, Colin

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  • Highly interdisciplinary and path-breaking book theorizing modern consumer society, its historical origins, and cultural context
  • Grapples with the complex sociological conundrum of the emergence of a consumer-oriented society in a Europe that once valued Weber's Protestant ethic 
  • Updates one of the most widely cited works in sociology, especially in the sub-fields of sociology of culture, sociology of consumption, and sociological theory
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Originally published in 1987, Colin Campbell’s classic treatise on the sociology of consumption has become one of the most widely cited texts in sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and the history of ideas. In the thirty years since its publication, The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism has lost none of its impact. If anything, the growing commodification of society, the increased attention to consumer studies and marketing, and the ever-proliferating range of purchasable goods and services have made Campbell’s rereading of Weber more urgent still.  As Campbell uncovers how and why a consumer-oriented society emerged from a Europe that once embodied Weber’s Protestant ethic, he delivers a rich theorization of the modern logics and values structuring consumer behavior. This new edition, featuring an extended Introduction from the author and an Afterword from researcher Karin M. Ekström, makes clear how this foundational work aligns with contemporary theory in cultural sociology, while also serving as major influence on consumer studies.


About the authors

Colin Campbell is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of York, UK. His previous books include The Easternization of The West (2007), The Shopping Experience (jointly edited with Pasi Falk, 1997), and The Myth of Social Action (1996), among others. 

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“This long-awaited and long-overdue new edition of Colin Campbell's The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism reminds us—if anyone had really forgotten—that it is not only a modern classic, but also that it is of continuing importance to, among other areas of study, Weberian theory and the sociology of consumption.” (George Ritzer, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, USA)

“One of the essential books on consumption and consumerism. This second edition comes at an opportune time as Campbell’s explanation of modern consumerism is needed now more than ever. Whilst the original text is preserved, this second edition also includes new essays that allow us to appreciate the book’s contribution in the context of contemporary debates in consumption studies as well as sociological theory more generally.” (Ian Woodward, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-79066-4
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Softcover $39.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism
Book Subtitle
New Extended Edition
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Sociology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-79066-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-79066-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79065-7
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XII, 384
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