New PDF release: Consumption and Identity (Studies in Anthropology & History)

By Kajsa Ekholm Friedman

ISBN-10: 0203989481

ISBN-13: 9780203989487

ISBN-10: 3718655926

ISBN-13: 9783718655922

The current quantity focuses intensively at the relation among intake and culturally particular concepts for self-definition, either on a person and a gaggle foundation. the various essays are particular makes an attempt to accommodate the complicated articulation of contemporary commodities and ''non-modern'' modes of appropriation.The papers mirror and have interaction a few very contemporary advancements in anthropology corresponding to the becoming curiosity in personhood expressed within the quite a few works of cultural psychology, and an expanding emphasis at the re-envisioning of tradition as regularly developed in socially differentiated perform. As such, those papers may be acknowledged to accommodate intake as a part of the perform of social id and the development of culturally particular kinds of life.Consumption and id is an try to find the perform of intake inside of extra normal innovations of social self-definition. whereas we've seen a becoming literature on intake within the social sciences, there has b

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96–97. Plumb, The Birth of a Consumer Society: The Commercialization of Eighteenth-Century England. London: Europa Publications, 1982. 23A close examination of Veblen’s discussion actually reveals more than one possible ‘motive’ for emulative conduct. The first of these is the protection or enhancement of esteem. One of Veblen’s clearest arguments about the psychological mechanisms involved in conspicuous consumption is as follows. Wealth confers honour whilst individuals are esteemed to the degree that they possess wealth: an individual’s self-esteem is dependent on the esteem accorded by others.

31. 22See, 24 CONSUMPTION AND IDENTITY ‘drives’ or innate tendencies which are assumed to be common to the species. 25 It is clear from this that Veblen identified with the motivation rather than the motive tradition of analysis. However, what is also clear is that this position involves some obvious difficulties. In the first place, if the motive underlying human conduct is assumed to be always and everywhere the same, then motive itself ceases to be an important explanatory variable. The problem of explaining how changes occur in the dominant pattern of activities in a society has to be resolved by reference to some other factors (usually material or structural).

This, in turn, stems from a failure to recognize that whilst all human beings may experience common needs and emotions, these are moulded into the specific complexes of meaningful effort which constitute motives through processes which embody the particularities of culture. Thus motives are as much subject to historical and cultural variation as are material or institutional constraints on conduct. However it is not necessary to assume a constant human nature or to postulate predominant and universal motives to make the error of presuming a one-to-one link between action and motive, as many historians who would no doubt repudiate the former assumptions seem ready to accept the latter.

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