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A Study of Social Class and Consumerism in America By Robert Nichols
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People identify strongly with products or services they consume, especially with commercial brand names and obvious status-enhancing appeal. It is a term which most people deny, having some more... More > specific excuse or rationalization for consumption other than the idea that they are "compelled to consume". A culture that has a high amount of consumerism is referred to as a consumer culture. To those who embrace the idea of consumerism, these products are not seen as valuable in themselves, but rather as social signals that allow them to identify like-minded people through consumption and display of similar products. Few would yet go so far, though, as to admit that their relationships with a product or brand name could be substitutes for healthy human relationships that sometimes lack in a dysfunctional modern society.< Less
A Study of Social Class and Consumerism in America By Robert Nichols
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People identify strongly with products or services they consume, especially with commercial brand names and obvious status-enhancing appeal. It is a term which most people deny, having some more... More > specific excuse or rationalization for consumption other than the idea that they are "compelled to consume". A culture that has a high amount of consumerism is referred to as a consumer culture. To those who embrace the idea of consumerism, these products are not seen as valuable in themselves, but rather as social signals that allow them to identify like-minded people through consumption and display of similar products. Few would yet go so far, though, as to admit that their relationships with a product or brand name could be substitutes for healthy human relationships that sometimes lack in a dysfunctional modern society.< Less

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