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Consuming Life (2007)

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Sono proprio le radici giudaico-cristiane di cui si riempiono la bocca tanti politicanti europei di destra e della "Terza via" la causa primaria dello Stato sociale che rischia lo smantellamento. Rinnegarlo, deviare significa inchinarsi a Mammona (e buttare nel cesso tutto il cammino fatto fino a qua).
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  downisthenewup | Aug 17, 2017 |
Um dos mais perspicazes pensadores da atualidade, Zygmunt Bauman nos revela a verdade oculta, um segredo bem guardado da sociedade contemporânea: a sutil e gradativa transformação dos consumidores em mercadorias. As pessoas precisam se submeter a constantes remodelamentos para que, ao contrário das roupas e dos produtos que rapidamente saem de moda, não fiquem obsoletas. Bauman examina ainda o impacto da conduta consumista em diversos aspectos da vida social: política, democracia, comunidades, parcerias, construção de identidade, produção e uso de conhecimento. E não esquece de analisar como esta característica parece evidente no mundo virtual: redes de relacionamento, como Orkut e MySpace, não trabalham com a idéia do homem como produto? ( )
  EduardoOliveira | Jun 5, 2012 |
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En Vida de consumo, Zygmunt Bauman continúa y profundiza el análisis de la trama y los mecanismos por los cuales la sociedad actual, en su fase de modernidad líquida, condiciona y diseña las vidas de los sujetos centrándose en sus particularidades como consumidores.
Con el advenimiento de la modernidad líquida, la sociedad de productores es transformada en una sociedad de consumidores. En esta nueva sociedad los individuos son, simultáneamente, los promotores del producto y el producto que promueven. Son, al mismo tiempo, el encargado de marketing y la mercadería, el vendedor ambulante y el artículo en venta. Todos ellos habitan el mismo espacio social conocido con el nombre de mercado. El examen que los individuos deben aprobar para acceder a los tan codiciados reconocimientos sociales les exige reciclarse bajo la forma de bienes de cambio, es decir, como productos capaces de captar la atención, atraer clientes y generar demanda. Esta transformación de los consumidores en objetos de consumo es el rasgo más importante de la sociedad de consumidores.
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With the advent of liquid modernity, the society of producers is transformed into a society of consumers. In this new consumer society, individuals become simultaneously the promoters of commodities and the commodities they promote. They are, at one and the same time, the merchandise and the marketer, the goods and the travelling salespeople. They all inhabit the same social space that is customarily described by the term the market.

The test they need to pass in order to acquire the social prizes they covet requires them to recast themselves as products capable of drawing attention to themselves. This subtle and pervasive transformation of consumers into commodities is the most important feature of the society of consumers. It is the hidden truth, the deepest and most closely guarded secret, of the consumer society in which we now live.

In this new book Zygmunt Bauman examines the impact of consumerist attitudes and patterns of conduct on various apparently unconnected aspects of social life politics and democracy, social divisions and stratification, communities and partnerships, identity building, the production and use of knowledge, and value preferences.

The invasion and colonization of the web of human relations by the worldviews and behavioural patterns inspired and shaped by commodity markets, and the sources of resentment, dissent and occasional resistance to the occupying forces, are the central themes of this brilliant new book by one of the worlds most original and insightful social thinkers.

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Examines the impact of consumerist attitudes and patterns of conduct on various apparently unconnected aspects of social life politics and democracy, social divisions and stratification, communities and partnerships, identity building, the production and use of knowledge, and value preferences.… (more)

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