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The Future of Consumer Society: Prospects for Sustainability in the New Economy

Maurie J. Cohen


Consumer society in the United States and other countries is receding due to demographic ageing, rising income inequality, political paralysis, and resource scarcity. Simultaneously steady jobs that compensate employees on a salaried or hourly basis are being replaced by freelancing and contingent work. The rise of the so-called sharing economy, the growth of do-it-yourself production, and the spreading popularity of economic localization are evidence that people are striving to ensure livelihoods in the face of profound change. Indications are that we are at the early stages of a transition a ... More

Keywords: consumerism, consumer society, system change, sustainable system innovation, macroeconomic transformation, demographic change, sharing economy, Maker Movement, economic localization, technological unemployment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198768555
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurie J. Cohen, author
Professor of Sustainability Studies and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, New Jersey Institute of Technology