Culture, social relations, and consumption

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This chapter focuses on both the social performance of consumption and the relational work that these performances help consumers accomplish. The chapter begins with retail shopping because consumption messages and the interactions between consumers, their loved ones, and meaningful objects become manifest in public spaces. The chapter then leaves the public for the private sphere of household consumption, where delicate negotiations unfold over the kinds of obligations parents have to children, kids have to their friends, and people in communities have to one another. The final section of the chapter enters the world of rituals, demonstrating how sacred and profane distinctions and the traditions that communities hold dear can be enacted through branded goods and through commercialized festivals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages313-321
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781351974103
ISBN (Print)9781138288621
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Wherry, F. F. (2018). Culture, social relations, and consumption. In Routledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology: Second Edition (pp. 313-321). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315267784-34