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Consumer culture, identity and well-being : the search for the "good life" and the "body perfect"

Author: Helga Dittmar; Emma Halliwell
Publisher: Hove [England] ; New York : Psychology Press, 2008.
Series: European monographs in social psychology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume documents the negative psychological impact consumer culture is having on how individuals view themselves and on their emotional welfare. It looks at the social psychological dimensions of having, buying and wanting material goods.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helga Dittmar; Emma Halliwell
ISBN: 1841696080 9781841696089 9780203496305 0203496302
OCLC Number: 85484868
Description: xviii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Understanding the impact of consumer culture --
To have is to be? : psychological functions of material possessions --
Consuming passions? : psychological motives for buying consumer goods --
Is this as good as it gets? : materialistic values and well-being --
I shop therefore I am? : compulsive buying and identity-seeking --
Does size matter? : the impact of ultra-thin media models on women's body image and advertising effectiveness --
Think "ideal" and feel bad? : using self-discrepancies to understand negative media effects --
What is beautiful and who is "cool"? : consumer culture and socialisation --
What is the price of consumer culture? : consequences, implications and the cage within.
Series Title: European monographs in social psychology.
Responsibility: Helga Dittmar ; with contributions from Emma Halliwell [and others].
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