Inequalities: Sociology and Consumer Society Essays
Consumption is now seen as the major aspect for many in our society and a dominant force in shaping all our identities. …show more content…
In contrast the repressed portion of society (Bauman, Making Social Lives, 2009) the unemployed, elderly, migrants, disabled and the poor are seen by many as being socially unacceptable and unable to consume effectively in society. Because of their lack of resources and limited income their choices are restricted; they are more socially isolated, less mobile and less valued in a consumer society.
ransients, Rubbish and Durables In almost all contemporary debate where the consumption of goods and services is considered it is largely assumed that these possessable objects and experiences are of at least some value, it seems that the category of objects and experiences of no value (rubbish objects and experiences) is largely invisible. Thompson argues that the processes and contradictions involved in recognising rubbish are crucial to social life. He has a particular conception of rubbish, one which rather than seeing it as waste or even as the unwanted, views it as necessary to the wider system of valuation. For Thompson rubbish can only really be understood in relation to the categories of transient and durable. Indeed these two categories represent the visible and valued elements of material culture as opposed to the invisible and unvalued ‘rubbish’. It is important to