Consumerism as Theodicy: Religious and Secular Meaning Functions in Modern Society

  • Tim Jackson
  • Miriam Pepper
Part of the Consumption and Public Life book series (CUCO)


On Monday 24 March 1851, a young girl named Annie, not yet ten years old, clings tearfully to her mother on a sofa in a house in Kent. For some months she has been suffering from stomach cramps, headaches, dizziness and difficulties in breathing. It is clear to her parents that her health is deteriorating. So on this day in late March, her father Charles prises Annie from her mother Emma’s reluctant farewell and together with her sister Henrietta and their nurse, Fanny, they set off for Dr James Gully’s famous water cure establishment in Malvern.


Consumer Good World View Sustainable Consumption Mortality Salience Consumer Society 
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