Beyond Exclusion: Consumer Culture and the Dimensions of Distinctiveness (Following the Example of “Stolipinovo”, Plovdiv) Cover Image
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Отвъд изключеността: консумативна култура и измерения на дистинктивността (по примера на кв. „Столипиново“, Пловдив)
Beyond Exclusion: Consumer Culture and the Dimensions of Distinctiveness (Following the Example of “Stolipinovo”, Plovdiv)

Author(s): Dimitar Panchev
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: consumer culture; distinctive identities; Stolipinovo

Summary/Abstract: The following article, starting from critique of the concept “the successful roma”, presents an alternative point of view on how the construction of identity and the dimensions of its distinctiveness take place among the residents of “Stolipinovo”. The aim of the analysis provided is not to show that “all of the roma are consumers”, but to place emphasis on the fact that, in order to “understand” the neighbourhood (following Bourdieu) and its construction as a specific social space cannot solely be achieved via the means of discourses on deprivation, inequality, exclusion and marginalization, but also requires to take into account the practices of consumption which can be observed in the neighbourhood, practices that are the result of wider social changes, directly connected to the transition towards consumer societies and the consumer culture that is characteristic of them.

  • Issue Year: 51/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 250-271
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Bulgarian