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Emerald Article: Consumer Society: Critical Issues and Environmental Consequences
Richard John Varey

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Richard John Varey, (2013),"Consumer Society: Critical Issues and Environmental Consequences", European Journal of Marketing, Vol. 47 Iss: 3 (Date online 28/5/2012)
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Book Review
Consumer Society: Critical Issues and Environmental Consequences Author Details
Author 1 Name: Dr Richard J Varey
Department: Department of Marketing
University/Institution: The Waikato Management School, University of Waikato Town/City: Hamilton
Country: New Zealand
Corresponding author: Dr Richard J Varey
Corresponding Author’s Email: rvarey@waikato.ac.nz
Keywords: consumer society, consumption, consumer culture, consumerism, green marketing, sustainability Article Classification: Book Review
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BOOK REVIEW

Consumer Society: Critical Issues and Environmental Consequences Barry Smart
Sage Publications
2010
256 pages
£24.99
978-1-84787-050-6

The author is well known for his sociological work on political economy, consumer society, and post-industrialism. This book is a sociological analysis of economy, culture and society which, in pursuit of better understanding the modern phenomenon of consumer culture, finds and explains the “social logic of consumerism” and indicates the problems this raises and some alternative thinking.

In nine chapters Smart covers four perspectives on consumer society: consuming, consumers, and consumerism; the production of consumption; consequences; and, pathways to the future. He supports his analysis with a range of fascinating examples, often revealing historical moments and specific assessments that enrich the reader’s appreciation of things otherwise taken for granted in our ‘consumer society’ experiences.

Two particularly striking explanations are raised about the almost universal belief that a ‘good life’ comes from the pursuit of a ‘goods life’ in a so-called ‘free market’ economy. A crisis of distribution since the late 19th century – in the separation of production and consumption – is a social...
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