The Body in Society – Bodies and Consumerism (Week 4)

Having studied Sociology at A Level, ‘consumer culture’ is a term I am familiar with and I enjoyed getting a more sophisticated look at it in the lecture today.

I was really interested to hear in more detail the origin of consumerism (capitalism, industrialisation) and how is had grown and changed over hundreds of years.
It was also nice to hear about the textile industry and to have a bit of context for my subject area. I’ve found it a little bit dificult in the last couple of sessions to apply these thoughts and theories to textiles when asked so this helped. I’ve read quite a lot about the textiles industry in the industrial revolution so it was really interesting to  think about its relevance within this topic (construction to consumption, people with surplus money as consumers contributing to society).

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