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Cultures of Consumption was a 5 year, £5 million research programme that studied consumption in a global context. It ran from 2002 to 2007.

Research ranged from the consumption of public services in Britain to the consumption of drugs in East Africa, from the fashionable West End of London to the commodification of water and cosmopolitan citizenship.

The research programme was jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council, and brought together leading researchers from the social sciences and the arts and humanities.

For a short overview of research findings, click here: 4 1/2 Lessons about Consumption, by Professor Frank Trentmann >>

To go direct to details of and findings from the 26 research projects, click here: Projects >>

site last updated 01.08.07.


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Professor Frank Trentmann, programme director, has written this brief overview of the lessons learnt about consumption from the programme - four and a half of them. View the pdf>>



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On the 27th of June 2007, the programme showcased research at a bazaar and exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and discussed research fidnings and implications. Find out more on the final event page >>


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The programme has involved 26 different projects. Find out about their aims, activities and findings by visiting the projects pages

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Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the Presumption of Attention, by Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone and Tim Markham (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) is one of the latest additions to the growing range of publications coming out of the programme.

Find out more by visiting the publications pages


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