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Lecture 19:12 Problems with Consumer Culture: Are we too materialistic? Fight Club excerpts (4:45-5:40; 29:06-31:15) What problems arise on our mind and social relationships? Think about your own experiences and the video from Tuesday’s class What social forces are behind our materialistic culture? Problems of consumer culture on our minds and social relationships Affluenza 1. The bloated, sluggish, and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth Anxiety and other social-psychological problems Feelings of alienation when we begin to define ourselves by the “things we own” rather than our social relationships Problems with Consumption: Social and Environmental Impacts Social Sweatshop labor Unsafe working conditions Child labor/Slavery Environmental
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2011 for the course SOCY 105 taught by Professor Mogadam during the Spring '05 term at Maryland.

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