consumerism


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consumerism

1. protection of the interests of consumers
2. advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy

consumerism

  1. the prioritization and promotion of a culture of CONSUMPTION -see also CONSUMER CULTURE, ADVERTISING, TELEVISION.
  2. social movements directed at protecting or advancing the rights ofconsumers. See also CONSUMER MOVEMENT.
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18) Michele Micheletti, Political Virtue and Shopping: Individuals, Consumerism and Collective Action (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), 87.
With the three ideal types established, Bauman concludes with the final and most politically charged chapter in Consuming Life: "the collateral casualties of consumerism.
Although many commentators focus on consumerism as a 20th-century phenomenon, various historical studies have argued that the roots of consumerism can be seen in colonial America and that consumerism's origins can be traced back to 17th-century England and Holland.
What marks consumerism as something new is its tendency to reduce everything, both the material and the spiritual, to a commodity able to be exchanged.
But as consumerism grows more sophisticated, it's hard for art to keep pace.
For instance, rating faculty is seen as a consumerism approach in Hong Kong and because of students' cultural background, the paternalistic image and therefore respect shown for teachers, they pay more attention to their evaluations.
This problem is beginning to argue for itself, and we shall hear more of it as consumerism rolls on.
In spite of the depredations of consumerism, sexual abuse scandals, civil war, and weakening moral authority, the Irish Church still has the highest number of Mass-goers in Western Europe.
The invented words are not hard to understand, though, and the flashes of humor as well as the cleverly imagined grim future world should quickly draw readers into this look at teenage love and loss, and at consumerism carried to its logical extreme.
Consumerism in World History: The Global Transformation of Desire.

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