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Title: Looking good: Consumption and the problems of self-production
Authors: Smith Maguire, Jennifer
Stanway, Kim
First Published: Feb-2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2008, 11 (1), pp. 63-81.
Abstract: This article considers the anxieties and risks that attend the process of self-production in the context of consumption. Drawing from interviews with a small sample of British young adults — white, middle-class, university-educated — the article examines how material practices and discursive strategies resonate with theoretical accounts of the nexus of consumption, identity and individualization. The analysis highlights how respondents discursively cope with anxieties and risks associated with the question of style, the problem of conformity, the desire for confidence and the negotiation of gender. In doing so, the article indicates ways in which the process of self-production in contemporary consumer societies may be less reflexive, and more socially conservative, than some accounts of individualization would suggest.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1367549407084964
ISSN: 1367-5494
Type: Article
Rights: This is the author's final draft of the paper published as European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2008, 11 (1), pp. 63-81. The final version is available from Doi: 10.1177/1367549407084964
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