By Mike Featherstone
The First variation of this modern vintage can declare to have placed ‘consumer culture’ at the map, definitely with regards to postmodernism. up to date all through, this extended new version includes a absolutely revised preface that explores the advancements in purchaser tradition because the First Edition. one of the such a lot noteworthy parts mentioned are the influence of worldwide warming on intake, the increase of the hot wealthy, alterations within the North/South divide and the recent variety of client tradition. the result's a ebook that shakes the limits of discussion, from one of many most suitable writers on tradition and postmodernism of the current day.
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from the book's cover:
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Peter Handke’s new novel is the terror of los-
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It is here that the evidence is weakest and the possibility of simply relabelling experiences as postmodern which were 10 Modern and Postmodern: Definitions and Interpretations formerly granted little significance, is most obvious. , multiplying. Scott Lash (1988) has endeavoured to move to a tighter definition of postmodernism as involving de-differentiation and the figural which are held to be central to postmodern regimes of signification; yet here too we possess little systematic evidence about day-to-day practices, and we need information in terms of the stock sociological questions ‘who?
Discussion consumption classes are defined in relation to the consumption of three sets of goods: a staple set corresponding to the primary production sector (for example food); a technology set corresponding to the secondary production sector (travel and consumer’s capital equipment); and an information set corresponding to tertiary production (information, goods, education, arts, 17 Consumer Culture and Postmodernism cultural and leisure pursuits). At the lower end of the social structure the poor are restricted to the staple set and have more time on their hands, while those in the top consumption class not only require a higher level of earnings, but also a competence in judging information goods and services in order to provide the feedback necessary from consumption to employment, which becomes itself a qualification for employment.
I have attempted to outline and discuss some of these meanings. Postmodernism is of interest to a wide range of artistic practices and social science and humanities disciplines because it directs our attention to changes taking place in contemporary culture. These can be understood in terms of (l) the artistic, intellectual and academic fields (changes in modes of theorization, presentation and dissemination of work which cannot be detached from changes in specific competitive struggles occurring in particular fields): (2) changes in the broader cultural sphere involving the modes of production, consumption and circulation of symbolic goods which can be related to broader shifts in the balance of power and interdependencies between groups and class fractions on both inter and intrasocietal levels; (3) changes in the everyday practices and experiences of different groups, who as a result of some of the processes referred to above, may be using regimes of signification in different ways and developing new means of orientation and identity structures.
Consumer Culture and Postmodernism (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society) by Mike Featherstone