collective consumption

collective consumption

any consumption of goods and services whose provision and management, to a degree, ‘cannot be other than collective’, and which the private sector finds it unprofitable to provide (Castells, 1977). Among such goods and services identified by Castells were public transport, housing, and leisure provision. The term was introduced by Castells in an attempt to achieve a focus on the distinctive features of URBAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, which he viewed as above all seeking to influence and control the spatially-bounded collective consumption units provided in the urban context.

Subsequently, the term has been taken up by other political sociologists and political scientists (e.g. Dunleavy, 1980) and used in a more general way as the basis of an overall analysis of SECTORAL DIVISIONS which cut across more conventional divisions of class: above all, the distinction between those who, as consumers or workers, are main beneficiaries of collective consumption, and those who are not. Both in Castells' work and in later inquiries, the focus on collective consumption emphasizes the tension between the necessity for collective provision of some goods and services, and the burden on capital which this provision represents (see also STATE EXPENDITURES, FISCAL CRISIS IN THE CAPITALIST STATE). It is this conflict that is seen as both generating urban social movements and as making sectoral divisions an important dimension of political cleavage in modern capitalist societies.

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Collective consumption is that which cannot be linked to the individual, such as defence or law and order.
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OK, that sounds a bit extreme, but we do need to take collective responsibility to meet our collective consumption.
Because no market demand exists for a non-excludable public good, government intervention is needed to induce the supply of this good through the creation of a collective consumption unit.
Its internal logic--that urban problems arise out of insufficient finance and job opportunities in cities--is off the mark, and its prescription - that the state should provide the means of collective consumption in the form of supporting infrastructure for business - is the very basis of further contradiction.
Although this fits well with the "timeless" and general pattern (which also applies to the GDR) of emphasizing (and overvaluing) items of collective consumption and socialist welfare as opposed to personal consumption, it did not, because it could not, constitute an effective way to absorb all the insecurity caused by the advent of consumerism and the lack of collective (systemically correct) forms of appropriating (consuming) the goods that constituted the icons of modern everyday life.
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But it is also about connecting consumers to the decisions about what is produced, the development of capacities for diverse enjoyments rather than the consumption of homogenized commodities and the expansion of accessible and egalitarian spheres of collective consumption.
It should be remembered however, that such a high rate of growth can be only achieved at the cost of a diminished share of the public sector in the economy (causing a decrease in share of the collective consumption in total consumption) and a persistent foreign trade deficit.
The central role that women play in fiestas places women in the centre of the prestige economy, which values collective consumption, and not accumulation of wealth.

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