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Look for the cracks: Don't throw yourself against the wall

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The left are divided over the consumerisation of society. Many see consumerism as the way capitalism now systematically reproduces itself, with devastating social, cultural and environmental effects. But some?hesitate at a moral critique, especially when it tends to smack of middle class hypocrisy. Others see the art of consumption as a practice through which relationships are built and maintained, and suggest the left can challenge ideas about economic individualism by looking at what people actually do when they shop. Neal Lawson and Jon Wilson debate these differences – and whether anything social and democratic can take root in a society of consumers.
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Keywords: CONSUMERISM; ENVIRONMENT; ETHICS; RELATIONSHIPS; SHOPPING

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-04-01

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