Consumer Culture: Theory & Definition


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Which of the following is the best explanation of consumer culture?

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1. Why is consumer culture important to understand?

2. What set of theories hold that consumer culture is generally a good thing and that consumers are the sovereigns of it?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The term consumer culture emerged during the 20th century when the mass production of goods and readily available credit joined forces to create a society that was able to purchase and consume products at an unprecedented rate. This quiz/worksheet combo outlines consumer culture and covers different theories about its characteristics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Characteristics of a consumer culture
  • Sociological theories of consumer culture
  • The study of consumer culture
  • Objective analysis of consumer culture

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of consumer culture to answer questions about its characteristics
  • Distingushing differences - compare and contrast economic and sociological theories on consumer culture
  • Making connections - examine how consumption defines values in a consumer culture

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Consumer Culture: Theory & Definition. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define consumer culture
  • Understand how consumption defines individuals in consumer culture
  • Know the view of the consumer as sovereign in a consumer culture
  • Recognize the idea of consumer culture as a threat to traditional culture
  • Describe the empirical approach to defining consumer culture