Consumption, Lifestyles and Taste

  • Dieter BögenholdEmail author
  • Farah Naz


What people “are” and what people “do” can no longer be conceptualized by a simple one-to-one match. The concept of lifestyle can provide a link between social rank and social practice. The logic of how people organize their leisure time and how they spend their income is not a simple mirror of income level but must be regarded as being embedded in social behaviour. The more distinct autonomy becomes in reference to the use of time and money, the more open-ended the question becomes in which concrete practice this use materializes. Different forms of organizing household work and employment, alternate patterns of consumption, varying living patterns, how time is used and even plans for the future with their specific planning contents. References are to be found to social stratification structures and consumption behaviour where “life style” is expressed as being an expressively cultural moment in consumption and in the social inclusion and exclusion of groups.


Social inequality Lifestyle Social stratification Income Expenditure Leisure time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of KlagenfurtKlagenfurt, CarinthiaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and CriminologySargodha UniversitySargodhaPakistan

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