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I Shop, Therefore I Am: Global Consumer Society - SOCI226

Why do we buy what we buy? When someone purchases fast-fashion clothes, Fair Trade coffee or accommodation at a five star hotel, it is about the consumer's identity, and also about hopes and aspirations, social status, belonging, the creation of meaning, and the workings of capitalism. Taking a global approach, the unit examines everyday consumption in the past and the present, as a way of engaging with critical social, cultural and economic challenges our societies have faced since the rise of modernity. Of particular interest is the intersection of gender, race and class, and questions of power and justice. The topics include social media, family, tourism, environmental sustainability, and anti-consumption, amongst others. This unit is suitable for a wide range of students, including those interested in society and culture, gender studies, social justice, political economy.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Dr Kumiko Kawashima

12cp at 100 level or above Prerequisite Information


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Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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