The Sphere of Pure Consumption: Outsourcing the Production of Sacred Commodities

Teresa Davis, University of Sydney
Olga Kravets, University of Sydney

The Sphere of Pure Consumption: Outsourcing the Production of Sacred Commodities

Teresa Davis and Olga Kravets, University of Sydney

 

Abstract

 

This paper explores the phenomenon of outsourcing of production of sacred ‘commodities’. The example of the international markets for adoption is examined as one manifestation of such outsourcing. The creation of distance and separation between the ‘production’ and ‘consumption’ cycles is offered as one of the ways consumer markets seek an utopian market where production does not taint consumption. The industrialised late capitalist economies are seen as  becoming a sphere of  pure consumption, while the less industrialised economies in transition are seen more and more as bearing the lion’s share of production of these ‘products’.
[ to cite ]:
Teresa Davis and Olga Kravets (2006) ,"The Sphere of Pure Consumption: Outsourcing the Production of Sacred Commodities", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 33, eds. Connie Pechmann and Linda Price, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 335-336.