Consumer Culture and Postmodernism Second Edition, Mike Featherstone

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‘It is great to see the re-publication of the classic Consumer Culture and Postmodernism. The extensive new material is erudite, informative and important, particularly locating consumer culture in the context of global climate change and postmodernism within a framing that seriously displaces the ‘west’ from centre-stage’ – John Urry, Lancaster University Back to top

The first edition of this contemporary classic can claim to have put ‘consumer culture’ on the map, certainly in relation to postmodernism. This expanded new edition includes:
– A fully revised preface that explores the developments in consumer culture since the first edition
– A major new chapter on ‘Modernity and the Cultural Question’
– An update on postmodernism and the development of contemporary theory after postmodernism
– An account of multiple and alternative modernities
– The challenges of consumer culture in Japan and China

The result is a book that shakes the boundaries of debate, from one of the foremost writers on culture and postmodernism of the present day. Back to top

Table of Contents 

Modern and Postmodern Definitions and Interpretations
Theories Of Consumer Culture
Towards a Sociology Of Postmodern Culture
Cultural Change and Social Practice
The Aestheticization of Everyday Life
Lifestyle and Consumer Culture
City Cultures and Postmodern Lifestyles
Consumer Culture and Global Disorder
Common Culture or Uncommon Cultures?
The Globalization of Diversity
Modernity and the Cultural Question Back to top

Web Extra

– Read the Preface.

– The new chapter on ‘Modernity and the Cultural Question’

– Author’s comment on the editions and biography of the book.

– Preface to Japanese translation.

– Articles on Consumer Culture in TCS.

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Other Books on the Topic .

Jean Baudrillard, The Consumer Society
Christine Buci-Glucksmann Baroque Reason
Pasi Falk & Colin Campbell (eds) The Shopping Experience
Philip Corrigan, The Dressed Society read on TCS Webs
John Urry The Tourist Gaze 2nd Ed
Elizabeth Wilson The Contradictions of Culture
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Other Books by the Author 

Undoing Culture: Globalization, Postmodernism and Identity. Sage, 1995. Postmodernism, Sage Publications, 1988. Global Culture, Sage Publications, 1990. Georg Simmel, Sage Publications, 1991. The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory, (edited with M Hepworth & B S Turner), London: Sage, 1991. Cultural Theory and Cultural Change, Sage Publications, 1992. Global Modernities (edited with S Lash and R Robertson). Sage Publications, 1995. Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment. (Edited with Roger Burrows) London: Sage, 1996. Simmel on Culture (edited with D Frisby), Sage Publications, 1997. Spaces of Culture: City, Nation, World (with S Lash), Sage Publications, 1999. Love and Eroticism, Sage Publications, 1999. Body Modification, Sage Publications, 2000. Recognition and Difference, (edited with Scott Lash), Sage Publications, 2002. Automobilities, (edited with N. Thrift and J. Urry), Sage Publications, 2005. Back to top

Author Bio 

Mike Featherstone is Director of the Theory, Culture & Society Centre and research professor of sociology and communications at Nottingham Trent University. He gained his BA and MA degrees from University of Durham and his PhD from the University of Utrecht. He is founding editor of the journal Theory, Culture & Society (1982-) and the Theory, Culture & Society Book Series (1991-). Read more about Mike on TCS WebsBack to top