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Simon Burns - Consuming Dissonance

Simon Burns - Consuming Dissonance

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Consuming Dissonance: the Anticipation, Realisation and Dissatisfaction of Consumption
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C
ONSUMING
D
ISSONANCE
:
THE
A
 NTICIPATION
,
EALISATION AND
D
ISSATISFACTION OF
C
ONSUMPTION
 
 By Simon J. Burns
This thesis is presented by Simon Burns, S#295377to the School of Social and Political Sciencesin partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours), in the field of Anthropology, in the School of Social andPolitical Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The University of MelbourneSupervisor: Dr Monica MinnegalDate: October 15
th
, 2012Word Count: 16,500 (16,920 in body text minus approx. 420 words of referencesin text), excluding acknowledgements, footnotes, sources and appendices.
 
 
Consuming Dissonance: the Anticipation, Realisation and Dissatisfaction of Consumption
2School of Social and Political Sciences
T
HESIS
D
ECLARATION
 
STUDENTI hereby declare that this thesis comprises my own original work and does not exceed15,000 words, exclusive of footnotes, bibliography and appendices.Simon J. BurnsSUPERVISOR I hereby declare that I have approved this thesis for submission.Dr Monica Minnegal
 
 
Consuming Dissonance: the Anticipation, Realisation and Dissatisfaction of Consumption
3
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements..............................................................................................................4
 
Chapter 1 - Introduction.............................................................................................5
 
Why Insatiability and Heteronomy Matter......................................................................6
 
Methodology.......................................................................................................................15
 
Emergent Conceptual Framework..................................................................................18
 Chapter 2 Anticipation and Newness.......................................................................26
 
Representation Consilience in Imagination.........................................................................27
 
The Conflation of Ersatz and Original Use-Value..............................................................36
 
Resources for imagination...................................................................................................42
 
Chapter 3 – Realisation and Disappointment.........................................................47
 
Realisation Dissonance........................................................................................................47
 
Essentially insatiable desires to consume, or ersatz use-value............................................48
 
Cyclical Consumption and the Concretisation of dissonance.............................................57
 
Chapter 4 - Conclusion..............................................................................................64
Sources....................................................................................................................................67
 
Appendices..................................................................................................................71
 
Appendix A – Conceptual Model of Abstract/Concrete in representations........................71
 
Appendix B Conceptual Model of Realisation Dissonance.............................................73
 

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