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The long history of contemporary consumer society: chronologies, practices, and politics in modern Europe

By Frank Trentmann


The article discusses European consumer culture. The author reflects on consumer culture as a new phenomenon, the replacement of diversity with homogeneity, and the erosion of civic engagement due to materialism and leisure. The social consequences in Europe of consumer durables in the home, rising affluence, and increased leisure time are explored. Other topics include the uniformity of mass consumption, generational identities in youth culture, and the consumer as a political subject rooted in progressive and nationalist traditions

Topics: hca
Publisher: Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Year: 2009
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