Consuming Cultures: Translating the Global, Homogenizing the Local

DISCOURSE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, U. Dagmar Scheu Lottgen & José Saura Sanchez, eds., Peter Lang, pp. 205-219, 2007

16 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2008

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Gregory B. Lee

City University of Hong Kong; University of Lyon 3

Abstract

The sense of consuming addressed here relates to a culture of spectacular consumption in which we almost all are now implicated, and in which our main purpose is to consume: we inhabit and are inhabited by a society of consumption. A second but allied meaning relates to culture as just another product or service to be consumed. There is also an additional sense in which the planet's local and long-standing cultures are being consumed and transformed by a globalizing economic culture which makes the local conform, and renders the local homogenous. The words and representations of these several facets of consuming cultures will be examined here.

Keywords: consumption, spectacle, ethnic food, cultural globalization

JEL Classification: E21

Suggested Citation

Lee, Gregory B., Consuming Cultures: Translating the Global, Homogenizing the Local. DISCOURSE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, U. Dagmar Scheu Lottgen & José Saura Sanchez, eds., Peter Lang, pp. 205-219, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1112224

Gregory B. Lee (Contact Author)

City University of Hong Kong ( email )

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University of Lyon 3

France

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