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consumerism

an organized movement to protect the interests of CONSUMERS by forcing companies to behave in a more socially responsible manner. The movement developed in response to the increasing technical complexity of products, the growing power of big businesses and environmental pollution. In many countries there are now consumer bodies, such as the Consumer Association in the UK, which provide product-testing facilities and publish comparative information on products through magazines such as Which. See GREEN CONSUMER.

consumerism

an organized movement to protect the economic interests of CONSUMERS. The movement developed in response to the growing market power of large companies and the increasing technical complexity of products. It embraces bodies such as the Consumers’ Association in the UK, which is concerned with product testing and informing consumers through publications such as Which? Consumerism has been officially incorporated into British COMPETITION POLICY since the 1973 FAIR TRADING ACT. See CONSUMER PROTECTION.
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The consumption civilization has seen three major stages in its becoming: mass consumption, abundance, and hyperconsumption.
Contrary to profit is rent which he defines as the surplus achieved through political means and not used for mass consumption. To him rent is another type of surplus, which acts as a means for growth, and "[r]ent is appropriated through political guarantees, whereas profit is earned on markets under the condition of competition " (p.
But they can accumulate only in so far as they, obligatorily, increase mass consumption. And certainly, increase in mass consumption would raise the standard of living of the masses.
Phenomenal live, revered by the critics and adored by a small section of the public, their music remains too impenetrable for mass consumption.
Still, the book wasn't exactly released for mass consumption: It wasin the Library of Arabic Literature's standardbilingual, facing-page format, with its standard blue cover.
Until recently, biscuits and cookies were considered to be a product of mass consumption. However, with changing tastes and preferences, and increasing affluence, this no longer seems to be the case.
What marked the consumer culture that emerged in the late nineteenth century as modern was mass marketing and mass consumption. Bunker begins by telling the story of the El Buen Tono cigarette company and its pioneering of new types of advertising.
It is a version of Mexico that runs contrary to his main argument that modernity was an affair accomplished by mass consumption. The Mexican masses, apparently, only resided in Mexico City.
This book was designed for classroom use and details the social context that brought about the development and eventual mass consumption of radio and television broadcasting in the United States.
Richard Vahrenkamp, The Logistic Revolution: The Rise of Logistics in a Mass Consumption Society, Cologne, Josef Eul Verlag (2012), 7 +281 pp.
The West blames the East, which grumbles about its failed dreams: all are "eaten by envy." Life reduced to simulacra, angry young "weapons of mass consumption" hunger for what is promised but ever beyond reach.
Bolton produces mass consumption products in different industries, including canned seafood.