Death in a Consumer Culture by Susan Dobscha

By Susan Dobscha

Dying hasn't ever been extra seen to shoppers. From existence assurance to burial plots to property making plans, we're regularly reminded of buyer offerings to be made with our mortality in brain. non secular ideals within the afterlife (or their absence) impression daily intake activities.

Death in a client tradition provides the broadest array of analysis related to dying and customer behaviour throughout disciplinary obstacles. Organised into 5 sections masking: The dying undefined; dying Rituals; dying and intake; demise and the physique; and trade Endings, the booklet explores subject matters from superstar loss of life tourism, puppy and on-line memorialization; relatives historical past learn, to choices to conventional corpse disposal equipment and patient-assisted suicide. paintings from students in historical past, non secular reviews, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and cultural stories sits along examine in advertising and marketing and shopper tradition. From jap and western views, spanning social teams and demographic different types, all discover the ubiquity of loss of life as a actual, emotional, cultural, social, and cosmological inevitability.

Offering a richly exact anthology in this demanding subject, this ebook might be of curiosity to researchers operating on the intersections of customer tradition, advertising and mortality.

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Though the bulk of production was now taking place further up the supply chain, local monument dealers required reassurance that retail sales would remain their preserve when retail advertising, too, went national. An equally important factor in the adoption of national campaigns, however, was the competition for market share that underlay the marble/granite transition. This chapter therefore will compare the marketing strategies adopted by the Vermont marble and granite interests. David Nye postulated that marketing most products relied upon personal connection or recommendation until the 1880s, when monopolies and corporations emerged that were large enough to manage a nation-wide distribution system (Nye 1985: p.

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Public memorials and overly emotional displays of grief stand in stark contrast to the private and reserved ways most westerners grieve. Grieving the passing of celebrities allows consumers opportunities to express their extreme devotion to celebrity culture without fear of ridicule. The waste and toxicity associated with modern death rituals is called into question in Chapter 8 by Henzgin and Rook. The voluntary simplicity movement has left an indelible mark on how some people choose to consume, through initiatives like the food mile movement, buying locally produced goods, downsizing their homes and raising chickens in urban settings.

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