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The more it changes the more it stays the same: The French social space of material consumption between 1985 and 2017

Abstract : The alleged homogenization of material consumption patterns in Western societies in the end of the twentieth century has been a central argument of scholars who predicted a general flattening of class inequalities. However, divisions in material consumption practices and their evolution have largely been neglected in studies of the social stratification of lifestyles. Drawing on six waves of the French Households Budget Surveys from 1985 to 2017 and Geometric Data Analysis, this article shows that the two main structuring oppositions in the French space of material consumption remained unchanged over 32 years. Those two divides are strongly but not exclusively associated with social class. The first persistently opposes integration with and exclusion from mass consumption. The second opposes connected and autonomous consumption styles. However, between 1989 and 2011, the practices associated with these divides have changed and households have experienced a major shift in their position toward the most integrated and connected poles. This study paves the way for comparisons to assess the permanence of those two polarities in material consumption—not only across periods, but also in different countries.
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Maël Ginsburger. The more it changes the more it stays the same: The French social space of material consumption between 1985 and 2017. British Journal of Sociology, Wiley, 2022, pp.1-48. ⟨10.1111/1468-4446.12970⟩. ⟨hal-03735911⟩

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