9781137022493

Consumption Norms and Everyday Ethics

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    9781137022493

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    1137022493

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-03-07
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

How much and which goods are acceptable to consume? Who should be entitled to more and on what basis? These questions have been raised throughout history with answers varying widely across time and space. They were at the centre of concerns over luxury in Ancient Greece and continue to inform modern debates on the environmental effects of consumption. At the same time they have also been subject to mundane discussions conducted around the dinner table about how much the family should save, what kind of wedding would be appropriate, and whether or not family members in torn jeans are acceptable at the dinner table at all. What are consumption norms about, how do they develop and why do they change? This book addresses these questions, by bringing together sociological, historical, anthropological and economic studies on consumption.

Author Biography

Léna Pellandini-Simányi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Understanding Consumption Norms

3. Explaining Consumption Norms

4. Consumption Norms as Practical Ethics

5. How Consumption Norms Change

6. Ethical Consumerism and Everyday Ethics

7. Private Virtues, Public Vices

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