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Captive to Consumerism

Christian Smith

in Lost in Transition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199828029
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919475 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199828029.003.0002
Captive to Consumerism

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This chapter explores the place of mass consumerism and materialistic visions of the good life among emerging adults. After a brief view of some survey statistics, it explores in some depth today’s emerging adults’ views of mass consumerism. The discussion focuses on how critical or uncritical they are of the culture of material consumption. The chapter then shifts to examining emerging adults’ outlooks on what makes for a good human life, and how material consumption fits into that vision.

Keywords: emerging adults; young people; mass consumerism; American culture; materialism; good life; material consumption

Chapter.  18383 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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