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A Social and Economic Theory of Consumption by Kaj Illomen

By Kaj Illomen

Kaj Ilmonen was once a pioneer within the 3rd wave of the sociology of intake. This book provides a balanced review of the sociology of intake, arguing that the keenness of 'the 3rd wave' exaggerated the function of the symbolic and imaginary on the price of the materiality of human societies.

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Isaiah Berlin (2001, 47) famously made the distinction between negative and positive freedom. Hayek and Friedman are interested only in the former, which refers to the absence of sanctioned rules in some area of society, particularly in the economy, and which therefore could also be called economic freedom. In the hands of Hayek and Friedman, this is transformed into the idea that anyone can further their economic interests without any limitation. indd 21 11/3/2010 1:38:34 AM A Social and Economic Theory of Consumption Mirandola, Niccolo Machiavelli, Giambattista Vico, Claude Adrien Helvetius and Thomas Hobbes (see Sahlins 2000, 535–537).

The commodity. By commodity, I mean both tangible products and more or less intangible services. The reason for subsuming both services and goods under the heading of commodity is simple enough. Increasingly, services today are sold in standardized packages; this applies equally to adventure holidays and hotel services. For instance, when I check in at a hotel I receive the same anonymous and efficient reception as all other guests – although when I get to my room I discover that I’m not quite that anonymous after all as I receive a second personalized welcome via the television screen.

G. g. g. climate warming) of economic activity that are not included in economic models. In fact a large part of the economy (household work, social care) is excluded from these models. The existence of externalities means that the optimal-efficiency representations offered by economic models are always biased in one respect or another. The degree of bias depends in part on the nature of the externality. Externalities may be either negative or positive. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-15 but they can rarely be bothered to compare prices even though this could save them considerable sums.

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