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Konsumpcja jako twórcza aktywność
Consumption as creative activity

Author(s): Łukasz Iwasiński
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: consumption; creativity; individualization; craft consumption

Summary/Abstract: Post-Marxist perspective on consumption views consumers as manipulated, exploited, oppressed, alienated individuals, while Cultural Studies argue that it can be means of resistance. The aim of this paper is to examine different, anthropological perspective on consumption, that puts stress on its creative aspects and perceives it rather from the perspective of individuals, than social forces, processes and structures, which are beyond their control. The paper provides analysis of the phenomenon of appropriation of goods, craft consumption and possession rituals. They focus on both symbolic and physical constructing and “domesticating” of the reality through consumption. The author illustrates these concepts with observed examples or cases obtained from desk research.

  • Issue Year: 25/2015
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 227-238
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish