Consumer Culture, Identity and Well-Being: The Search for by Helga Dittmar

By Helga Dittmar

Advertisements, materialism and intake are crucial facets of up to date Western tradition. we're bombarded with idealised photos of the proper physique, fascinating patron items, and prosperous existence, but psychology is just simply commencing to take account of the profound impression those customer tradition beliefs have on participants’ experience of identification and value. purchaser tradition, identification, and wellbeing and fitness files the adverse mental impression purchaser tradition may have on how contributors view themselves and on their emotional welfare. It appears on the social mental dimensions of getting, procuring and short of fabric items, in addition to the pursuit of media-hyped visual appeal beliefs. particularly, it specializes in: the paying for of fabric items as a method of expressing and looking id, and the adverse effects of this mental paying for motivations in traditional paying for environments and on the web the unrealistic socio-cultural attractiveness beliefs embodied by means of idealized versions. all through, various methods from social psychology are built-in, equivalent to self-completion, self-discrepancy and cost idea, to create a finished theoretical framework for figuring out the impression of internalising center client tradition beliefs on how participants see themselves and the results this has for his or her mental and actual health.This publication is of curiosity to anyone who desires to discover extra concerning the mental results of dwelling in smooth customer societies on youngsters, teenagers, and adults. extra particularly, will probably be of curiosity to scholars and researchers in social psychology, sociology, media reviews, communique and different social sciences, in addition to to psychologists, medical examiners, and practitioners attracted to the subjects of identification, intake pathologies, physique photograph, and body-related behaviours.

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But, at the same time, by doing so they simultaneously transform these practices through active re-interpretation, innovation, or even rebellion. These simultaneous processes are bound up loosely with consumers’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, but there is not a focal interest in specific self-thoughts that individuals have, or specific emotions, such as anxiety about their body or negative affect as part of well-being, or specific behaviours linked to consumer culture that are detrimental, such as compulsive buying or extreme body-shaping behaviours.

The SATAQ consists of separate scales that measure awareness on the one hand and internalisation on the other. In the version for women, awareness of sociocultural ideals is assessed through the endorsement of statements such as “[i]n our society, fat people are regarded as unattractive”. In contrast to simple awareness, internalisation is assessed using statements such as “I would like my body to look like the women who appear in TV shows and movies”. Thus, this scale measures whether women have adopted appearance and the thin ideal as important personal goals, endorsing ideal-body values.

34 Consumer culture, identity and well-being SYMBOLS OF PERSONAL AND SOCIAL IDENTITY Human beings use symbols when they relate to each other and the world at large. As already touched on in Chapter 1, a symbol is an entity that stands for another entity, which can have meaning only to the extent that there is a shared understanding among people that gives the symbol reality. Having “cool” sunglasses cannot be an effective symbol of being trendy unless a group of individuals, or a subculture or society, share the belief that the sunglasses are, indeed, trendy.

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