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An identifiable dividing point on this continuum, in the manner in which Bauman implies, would be impossible to locate. In addition, Bauman exaggerates the extent to which the State and the market represent opposing forces of control and freedom respectively. For example, State regulation plays an important role in the smooth operation of the market, and the State does not deliberately seek to undermine the repressed, which it is likely to view as ‘… expensive and embarrassing … ’ (Warde, 1994, p.

128) Despite the importance that is placed on the act of consumption, in particular on its ability to reveal aspects of personal character, there is no suggestion from Storey that our consumption patterns actually: For Storey, like so many others, our social being, which as he suggests is reflected in our cultural consumption, is greatly influenced by traditional forms of social stratification. For Bauman too, consumption is a reflection of self, but as was noted earlier in this chapter he is one of relatively few sociologists who suggests that traditional social hierarchies do not now greatly influence the construction of self.

In the UK this approach was exemplified in the life of Oscar Wilde, who ‘… we remember … as much for what he was as for what he wrote … ’ (Eagleton, 1991, p. vii). It might be safe to assume that the words of Lord Illingworth, a character in Wilde’s play A Woman of no Importance, were reflective of Wilde’s personal ambitions: Later, in the 1960s, the aestheticization of everyday life was further propelled by the emergence of pop art, the greatest proponent of which was Andy Warhol. His success in challenging established notions of what constitutes art, partly through creating works that centred on unremarkable and accessible consumer goods, such as tins of Campbell’s soup, and on icons of popular culture, such as Marilyn Monroe, encouraged the masses to indulge in aesthetic judgement, a pastime that was previously the preserve of the cultural elite.

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