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Unformatted text preview: c. Enchanted character (cathedrals of consumption) i. Casinos ii. Large malls (Mall of America) iii. Disney World iv. Cruise ships d. Paradox-shopping for freedom, but malls make us conform e. Uniform and comformist i. McDonald’s ii. Chain stores iii. Malls iv. Costco v. Best Buy IV. Impact of Over-Consumption a. Americans comprise 4.5% of the world’s population. b. We use 24% of its resources and emit 23% of greenhouse gases dissolving the ozone layer. V. Reproduction of Inequality a. Top 1% of Americans own 40% of all wealth. b. Top 20% are responsible for 50% of consumer spending c. U.S. has 5% of worlds population i. Accounts for 22% fossil-feul consumption, 24% carbon-dioxide emissions, 33% of paper/plastic use. ii. A U.S. child will cause 13X damage over lifetime than Brazilian. iii....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 107 taught by Professor Irvine during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).
- Fall '07