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Lecture 11

SOC307H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Social Disintegration, Conditional Sentence, Prison Overcrowding


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC307H5
Professor
Reza Barmaki
Lecture
11

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SOC307-Lecture 11 Aug 20, 2012
Zygmunt Bauman
Risk societies
Consumer
Post-production
Post-industrial
Dominant economic discourse:
Consumption
Economic discourse: consumption
Massive quantities of commodities
Shoppers replaced workers
How to sell commodities
Constant advertising
Planned obsolescence
Shoddy products (corporate crime)
Lower wages (cost of production)
Idealized happy shoppers
Commercialized celebration
Key to profit making: Constant consumption
Child Labourers to Child Consumers
Shopping: early age
Next generation of consumers
Kids understand life & themselves in terms of shopping
Targeted by corporations
Shopping=happiness
=Success in life=status
Live are spent shopping
World treated as a shopping mall
What sort of people consumer society produces?
Economically: debt
Psychologically: care about shopping, selfish, greedy
Ethically: treat others as obstacles, ignores consequences
Crimes of Boredom
Alienation:

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Consumer society cannot give a meaning/goal to individuals’ lives
Shopping cannot give meaning
Environmental destruction & crimes-the consumer society
International Crime
Global Capitalism:
Raw materials
Resources
Markets
Corporate-backed invasions, military coup d’etat…
Consumer Society & Social Institutions
Rapid change
Institutional instability
Work, marriage…
Social mobility (upward, downward)
Losing job or pension, bankruptcy
By-products:
Psychological:
Uncertainty, anxiety, fear
Social:
Learning & experience unimportant
Obsolete humans
Institutions
Rapid change
Institutional instability
Social mobility
Post-production:
High unemployment
Anxiety fear uncertainty
Dismantling of social services
High poverty rate
“Surplus population”
Noe-liberal ideology:
Individualization of responsibility
“You are on your own”
More Byproducts
Frustration
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