The Production of Consumer Society: Cultural-Economic Principles of Distinction

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Abstract With a novel quality theory of consumption which treats opulence and self-restraint in consumption styles symmetrically, Ernst Mohr shows how social distance and proximity are communicated by consumption and produced by communication. He positions fringe styles with those of the mainstream in an overall stylistic system of society and analyses their encounters. Rigorously derived, the approach casts fresh light on the cultural and social evolution as well as the business models of the consumer industry. It provides a coherent interdisciplinary access to the aesthetic turn of society that has so far been treated with contradictory paradigms.
Authors Mohr, Ernst
Language English
Keywords consumerism, distinction, dissimilarity, diversity, material culture, style, cultural selection, social evolution, social identity, consumer industry
Subjects economics
social sciences
cultural studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Date April 2021
Publisher Transkript Verlag
Place of Publication Bielefeld
Series Name Edition transcript
Volume 9
Number of Pages 337
ISBN 978-3-8376-5703-6
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Additional Information This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 (BY-NC-ND)
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Date Deposited 18 May 2021 09:19
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:45


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