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Theories of the sociology of consumption tend to be Western-based and they are embedded in a sociocultural context. This article aims to explore how Veblen’s status-seeking model and Bourdieu’s concepts of cultural capital and habitus manifest themselves in post-socialist China. I also provide...
This paper explores the recent debate about the selfie – or spontaneous self-portraits taken with smart phones or other consumer-based devices – in terms of its connection to narcissism. Selfies have become ubiquitous visual forms of self-expression in the twenty-first century and proliferate on...
One fruitful perspective with which to think differently about the consuming subject in affluent capitalist societies can be found in the field of non-consumption. Whilst “choices” not to buy, own and use are often tacit in analyses of social class dynamics, identity expression, and consumer...
This study explores the consumption of dance during the identity transition of a homosexual man as a means of appreciating the role of dance in identity management. The account explicates how consumption of a transcendental and paradoxical form of dance called Tandava, or “the cosmic ballet,”...
In this article, we explore why the bad boy is a popular archetype in advertising, erotica, fashion, journalism, movies, songs, television serials, and other forms of commercial culture. First, we interpret the bad boy as a combination of juvenile masculinities (aggression, rebellion,...
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