“Consumed”: consumer culture and crime in late modernity

Usher, Lauren (2009) “Consumed”: consumer culture and crime in late modernity. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation considers the concept of consumer culture. To speak of consumer culture, is to regard the dominant values of contemporary society as deriving from the activity of consumption. Normative models of criminology are typically agnostic to the relevance of consumer culture to an understanding of crime. This study explores various features of late-modern Western society, concentrating primarily on the UK and USA. Its aim is to show that whilst not criminogenic in any simplistic sense of direct causation, consumer culture creates and cultivates emotional states, feelings and desires which contribute greatly to the crime problem today. In conclusion, it is argued that a true criminological understanding of crime must include an appreciation of the influence of consumer culture.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/739

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