Childhood and Consumer Culture by David Buckingham, Vebjørg Tingstad (eds.)

By David Buckingham, Vebjørg Tingstad (eds.)

In fresh years little ones became an more and more very important purchaser marketplace, and there's turning out to be difficulty concerning the 'commercialisation' of youth. This ebook sheds mild on those debates, delivering new empirical information and not easy serious views on kid's engagement with patron tradition from a variety of overseas settings.

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According to Bourdieu, cultural capital consists of knowledge, tastes and preferences: it is the totality of an individual’s learning, both formal and informal, and is a key mechanism in the maintenance of social status. As Bourdieu succinctly puts it, taste classifies, and it classifies the classifier: it serves as a marker of individual distinction, but also as a manifestation of wider processes of social reproduction. In his detailed study of the lifestyles of the Parisian middle class of the 1960s, Bourdieu outlines how the social practice of consumption reflects existing forms of class stratification.

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While efforts to shelter the child have extended the age of ‘innocence’, the identification of the child with spending has gradually undermined traditional bourgeois paths to maturity and created an ageless land of the cool. This is a product of the historically extraordinary parental (and adult) ambiguity about commercial culture and about modernity itself. Modern childhood may be understood as a construct of adult longings and frustrations emerging with the 20th-century market society. In the early years of the last century, parents increasingly came to regard children not as a source of labour or as heirs of property but as guarantors of private life and even as the refuge of simplicity.

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