A Sociological Analysis

  • Alan Warde

Part of the Consumption and Public Life book series (CUCO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alan Warde
    Pages 1-12
  3. The Development of the Sociology of Consumption

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Alan Warde
      Pages 15-32
  4. Consumption and Practice

  5. Consumption, Taste and Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Alan Warde
      Pages 127-153
  6. Consumption, Critique and Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Alan Warde
      Pages 157-179
    3. Alan Warde
      Pages 205-224
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-261

About this book


This book critically reviews recent social scientific investigations of consumption, a controversial topic with moral overtones, and of popular public interest and political and economic significance. The author explores how consumption affects personal identity and social position, developing a sociological analysis using theories of practice to account for everyday consumption, its role in the social order, and its consequences for environmental sustainability. The book offers a controversial analysis which explains consumption not in terms of the purchasing of commodities but of the organization and coordination of daily practices.

Consumption will be of interest to scholars and students of sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, consumer research, business studies and social theory.


taste culture daily practices theories of practice Consumers

Authors and affiliations

  • Alan Warde
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55681-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55682-0
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