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date: 25 November 2020

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Consumer culture theory (CCT) refers to a heteroglossic assemblage of theoretical perspectives and methodological orientations that seeks to illuminate the dynamic, interactive relationships among consumer actions, marketplace systems, cultural meanings, and broader sociostructural forces, such as socialization in class and gender practices and ideologies. This chapter traces out the historical evolution of CCT and the four major domains of theoretical interests that organize its research program. Using Jeffrey Alexander’s metaphor of disciplinary fault lines, this chapter profiles the intellectual tangencies that link CCT to cultural sociology and their respective points of differentiation. It further discusses how the future trajectories of CCT research are likely to be shaped by actor-network, flat ontologies, and efforts to more directly address macro-level societal problems emanating from the logics of consumerism and the neoliberalization of global consumer culture.

Keywords: consumer culture theory, cultural sociology, market emergence, consumer ideologies, consumer identity projects, consumption communities, neoliberalization

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