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Debating Consumer Durables. Luxury and Social Inequality in Poland during the System Transition

  • This essay aims to discuss how cultural meanings of modern consumer durables, such as colour TVs, stereos and automatic washing machines, were embedded in the public debate towards social equality before and after the change of 1989 in Poland. In state socialism, availability of affordable electric appliances was one of the agendas of the state politics of collective consumption. Along with the system transition, affordability of consumer durables became extensively discussed within the framework of emerging consumer capitalism. At that time purchases and ownership of consumer durables became an indicator of the emergence of a new consumption culture based upon individual lifestyles in a society where social diversification and income inequality were intrinsic elements of social order.

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Author:Patryk WasiakGND
Parent Title (English):Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropaforschung
Document Type:Journal Article
Year of first Publication:2015
Release Date:2021/10/12
First Page:543
Last Page:565
ZZF Chronological-Classification:20. Jahrhundert
ZZF Topic-Classification:Staatssozialismus
Studies in Contemporary History: Materials:2/2013 Soziale Ungleichheit im Staatssozialismus 2/2013
ZZF Regional-Classification:Europa / Mittel-/Osteuropa / Polen
Licence (German):License LogoMit freundlicher Genehmigung des jeweiligen Autors / Verlags für Online-Ausgabe der Zeitschrift Zeithistorische Forschungen