From Fast Fashion to Connected Consumption: Slowing Down the Spending Treadmill (in The Culture of the Slow: Social Deceleration in an Accelerated World)

BY: Nick Osbaldiston, Juliet Schor

Book chapter in Nick Osbaldiston, ed., “The Culture of the Slow: Social Deceleration in an Accelerated World” (April 2013, MacMillan Press)

Book description: Across the world, there has been a polite uprising to the perceived meaninglessness and stress of our accelerated and consumer driven lifestyles. Described simply as the slow phenomenon, this new brand of living entails not simply slowing down, but an embracing of alternative activities that promote meaning, thoughtfulness, engagement and authenticity. Whether it is through different practices of food production and consumption, alternative modes of transportation such as cycling through to our intimate relations with others, this new ethic of living has grown immensely in popularity. In this volume of work, key authors from across the world have been brought together to illustrate these alternative approaches to modern lifestyles by analyzing them empirically and theoretically. Through rigorous debate and insightful commentary, this book presents a compelling case for seeing the slow phenomenon as a significant cultural practice in contemporary society.

Book available through MacMillan.

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