- Title Pages
- Introduction The Lives behind Economic Lives
- Part One Valuation of Human Lives
- 1 Human Values and the Market
- 2 The Price and Value of Children
- 3 From Baby Farms to Baby M
- 4 The Priceless Child Revisited
- Part Two The Social Meaning of Money
- 5 The Social Meaning of Money
- 6 Fine Tuning the Zelizer View
- 7 Payments and Social Ties
- 8 Money, Power, and Sex
- Part Three Intimate Economies
- 9 Do Markets Poison Intimacy?
- 10 The Purchase of Intimacy
- 11 Kids and Commerce
- 12 Intimacy in Economic Organizations
- Part Four The Economy of Care
- 13 Caring Everywhere
- 14 Risky Exchanges
- Part Five Circuits of Commerce
- 15 Circuits within Capitalism
- 16 Circuits in Economic Life
- Part Six Appraising Economic Lives: Critiques and Syntheses
- 17 Beyond the Polemics on the Market
- 18 Pasts and Futures of Economic Sociology
- 19 Culture and Consumption
- 20 Ethics in the Economy
- Published Works of Viviana A. Zelizer on Economic Sociology
Culture and Consumption
Culture and Consumption
- (p.398) 19 Culture and Consumption
- Economic Lives
Viviana A. Zelizer
- Princeton University Press
This chapter focuses on the intersections of culture and consumption. It takes up recent investigations of consumption outside of sociology; sociological studies of consumption, outside the claimed territory of economic sociology; and consequent challenges to economic sociology. Following those three points, it reviews three different sites of consumption—households, ethnic–racial communities, and retail settings—where extensive research has recently occurred, with an eye to better integration between economic sociology and empirical studies of consumption. It argues that although cultural variation plays a significant part in consumption, it is a common mistake to suppose that consumption forms a warm cultural island in a frigid economic sea. Shared understandings and their representations—the components of culture—undergird all of economic life, from e-commerce to sweatshops.
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