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Consumption caught in the cash nexus.

Dant, Tim (2000) Consumption caught in the cash nexus. Sociology, 34 (4). pp. 665-670. ISSN 1469-8684

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    Abstract

    During the last thirty years, ‘consumption’ has become a major topic in the study of contemporary culture within anthropology, psychology and sociology. For many authors it has become central to understanding the nature of material culture in the modern world but this paper argues that the concept is, in British writing at least, too concerned with its economic origins in the selling and buying of consumer goods or commodities. It is argued that to understand material culture as determined through the monetary exchange for things - the cash nexus - leads to an inadequate sociological understanding of the social relations with objects. The work of Jean Baudrillard is used both to critique the concept of consumption as it leads to a focus on advertising, choice, money and shopping and to point to a more sociologically adequate approach to material culture that explores objects in a system of models and series, ‘atmosphere’, functionality, biography, interaction and mediation.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Sociology
    Additional Information: “The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Sociology, 34 (4), 2000, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2000 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Sociology page: http://soc.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
    Uncontrolled Keywords: consumption ; material culture ; Baudrillard ; cash nexus ; quasi-social
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    ID Code: 33410
    Deposited By: Dr Tim Dant
    Deposited On: 18 May 2010 10:57
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:24
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33410

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