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Paradoxes of Modernist Consumption - Reading Fashions

Wilfred Dolfsma ()

Review of Social Economy, 2004, vol. 62, issue 3, 351-364

Abstract: Fashion is the quintessential post-modernist consumer practice, or so many hold. In this contribution, I argue that, on the contrary, fashion should be understood as a means of communicating one's commitment to modernist values. I introduce the framework of the Social Value Network, to relate such values to institutionalized consumption behavior, allowing one to signal to others. Modernist values are not homogenous, and are in important ways contradictory, giving rise to the dynamics of fashion that can be observed.

Keywords: consumption; fashion; institutions; socio-cultural values (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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