Cities and consumption by Mark Jayne

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1999). This was as much to do with controlling and Consumption and the modern city 29 policing production and consumption cultures in specific locations, and was supported by the burgeoning public transport system to take people from work to home and to central shopping areas. This allowed space for factories to develop and central areas to be free to expand without the constraints of proximity to working-class slums. In pre-capitalist society the social relations between work and home, work and season, town and country, dictated a particular regime of accumulation.

1997) Production of Culture/Cultures of Production, London: Sage. An important collection of essays by leading scholars who draw connections between the production, consumption, representation and regulation of cultural forms and practices. Steven Miles (1998) Consumerism as a Way of Life, London: Sage. A clear, concise and studentfriendly overview of studies of consumption. Explaining complex theoretical arguments in an accessible manner, this book is a useful primer for those interested in the broad and varied topic of consumption.

Veblen (1899) shows that this had much to do with a mimicking by this ‘new leisure class’ (who had grown wealthy from the economic industrial revolution through coal, steel, textiles and other industrial production) of the consumption practices of the upper classes of Europe. However, in the light of the flamboyant consumption activities of the nouveaux riches (and the parading of the new-found wealth based on the successes of the industrial revolution and the resultant explosion in finance and banking), higher social groups responded by continually updating their consumption practices in order to stay ahead of this new social stratum.

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