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consumer society

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The organized pursuit of getting and spending on a mass scale: a social and economic phenomenon that expanded continuously throughout the 20th century. The United Nations reports that world...

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consumption

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1 The process of using resources to satisfy human wants or needs.

2 In water supply, the fraction of the water that is not available for use by humans.

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Friedrich Engels

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(1820–95)

German socialist and political philosopher, resident chiefly in England from 1842. The founder of modern communism with Karl Marx, he collaborated with him in the writing...

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Halévy thesis

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The argument advanced by the historian Élie Halévy (see A History of the English People in the 19th Century, 1962), that the stability of English society during the late 18th and 19th...

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images of society

Overview page. Subjects: Sociology.

In the Sociological Review for 1966, the British sociologist David Lockwood published an article on ‘Sources of Variation in Working-Class Images of Society’, in which he drew together the...

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industrial society

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A key element in modernity, it is important to distinguish the descriptive from the analytical uses of this term. At a descriptive level, an industrial society is simply one displaying the...

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lifestyle

Overview page. Subjects: Business and Management.

The consumer's pattern and mode of living that is reflected in their consumer behaviour. It is manifest in the consumer's home, interests, tastes, leisure pursuits, opinions, and use of...

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new working class

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A term associated with the thesis that process workers in automated industries, and white-collar workers in large industrial corporations, possess the potential to assume the historic...

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positional good

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A commodity (including goods, services, occupations, or other social relationships) that is either scarce in an absolute or socially imposed sense, or subject to crowding or congestion...

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privatism

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The tendency for people in advanced industrial societies to spend their lives less in the public domain and more within the confines of the nuclear family. In other words, increasing...

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