society 4 - Chapter2ConsumptionandMaterialism Iwantitall

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Chapter 2 – Consumption and Materialism - “I want it all” Why do we consume so much more than we need? o GREED o Socially highly variable, not an immutable natural fact o Consumption varies widely across time and culture o Society pushes consumption on us - Material basis of human condition Nobody can exist without interacting with the environment o Material forces are central to social life Karl Marx o Many ways that societies can arrange material production from the  environment o Have great consequences for how we live and think - Ecological dialogue Material and ideal dimensions of environment depend upon and interact with  each other Constant conversation and interplay between material and ideal dimensions - Environmental sociology and ecological dialogue In order to be able to understand the interactiveness of the world, you have to  be able to distinguish what is interacting – see the difference
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society 4 - Chapter2ConsumptionandMaterialism Iwantitall

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