19-20 CR5003: Children and Consumption

Theories of consumption and consumer culture constitute the underlying framework for this course on children as consumers. Located within the constructs of agency and structure, this course will explore the processes by which children become consumers in contemporary society. Key theorists including Marx, Veblen, and Bourdieu will be studied to understand the dynamics of contemporary consumer society. Such theories will be located within wider debates about conceptualizations of children and childhood, consumer socialisation, exploitation, the political economy of consumerism and neo-liberalism.