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By Daniel Miller (ed.)

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This paintings is a survey of the big variety of writings on intake produced over the past decade. The theorization of intake is anything which more and more dominates financial, political and social debate - even if dad or mum, passenger or sufferer, we're all "consumers". This ebook comprises contributions from top researchers within the box. There are chapters on intake reviews in anthropology, patron behaviour, economics, geography, historical past, media experiences, psychology and sociology. this can be an interdisciplinary evaluation which supplies new theories, serious analyses and the newest learn in this subject. every one topic quarter encompasses a evaluation of the literature, a basic evaluate of the influence of the recent paintings within the self-discipline as a complete, and ends with case stories exemplifying fresh developments. it's going to be of use to scholars of intake, scholars of the various disciplines lined during this publication, and for someone drawn to the patron society.

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For bureaucracies, it has been increasingly important to establish clear attributes of personhood that could be registered and responded to. These become projected as 30 DANIEL MILLER peoples ‘identities’, be these ethnic, class, national, religious or some other. In short, to reduce consumption to identity is not only to pass the buck, but to replace one reification with what is possibly a still more problematic one. Of course, to render any topic as the focus of our analysis is in some sense to ‘reify’ it, but as long as there is an understanding that this is a necessary stage in the academic process of analysis, such reification may be no bad thing.

Furthermore, in closing the circle from housewifery back to political economy, it may be noted that it is the same virtue to which appeal is made by politicians who favour free markets as serving the ‘thrifty’, ‘sensible’ housewife. Similarly GATT is advocated by politicians on almost the sole criterion that it will produce the lowest possible priced goods from the global economy to the consumer. Arguments about the decline in actual housewifery make little difference to this powerful rhetoric directed to her image.

There is no single or proper way to consume. The imperatives of consumption may be as varied as the cultural contexts from which consumers act. Consumption stands for the diversity of ‘local’ social networks that maintain their differences in the face of the homogenisation of institutions and mechanisms of production and distribution. The failure of previous political philosophies has often been in the prescriptive and constraining models of human action. Socialism, in practice, attempted as a political act to homogenise the population.

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