Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Debtor WorldInterdisciplinary Perspectives on Debt$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ralph Brubaker, Robert M. Lawless, and Charles J. Tabb

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199873722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873722.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 03 April 2020

“Hyperconsumption” and “Hyperdebt”: A “Hypercritical” Analysis

“Hyperconsumption” and “Hyperdebt”: A “Hypercritical” Analysis

Chapter:
(p.60) 3 “Hyperconsumption” and “Hyperdebt”: A “Hypercritical” Analysis
Source:
A Debtor World
Author(s):

George Ritzer

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873722.003.0003

This chapter addresses the role played by consumer society and consumer culture in the growth of the debt problem. The fundamental argument is based on the fact that American society, specifically its economy, underwent a change from a society dominated by production to one in which consumption rivaled, or exceeded, production in importance. This shift to consumption—or “hyper” consumption—is not fueled solely by the foibles of individual consumers themselves. Industry and government alike have manipulated consumers to the end of promoting consumption, and “cathedrals of consumption” (e.g., casinos, shopping malls, and theme parks) sprang up after World War II and lured consumers into consuming what they did not even realize they needed—because in fact they did not. Finally, the chapter explores contexts for “hyper” developments, namely, capitalism, the manipulation of time and space in contemporary capitalism, and globalization.

Keywords:   consumption, consumer society, consumer culture, hyperconsumption, debt, capitalism, globalization

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .