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Description - On Consumer Culture, Identity, The Church and the Rhetorics of Delight by Dr Mark Clavier

The Reading Augustine series presents short, engaging books offering personal readings of St. Augustine of Hippo's contributions to western philosophical, literary, and religious life.

Mark Clavier's On Consumer Culture, Identity, The Church and the Rhetorics of Delight draws on Augustine of Hippo to provide a theological explanation for the success of marketing and consumer culture. Augustine's thought, rooted in rhetorical theory, presents a brilliant understanding of the experiences of damnation and salvation that takes seriously the often hidden psychology of human motivation. Clavier examines how Augustine's keen insight into the power of delight over personal notions of freedom and self-identity can be used to shed light on how the constant lure of promised happiness shapes our identities as consumers. From Augustine's perspective, it is only by addressing the sources of delight within consumerism and by rediscovering the wellsprings of God's delight that we can effectively challenge consumer culture. To an age awash with commercial rhetoric, the fifth-century Bishop of Hippo offers a theological rhetoric that is surprisingly contemporary and insightful.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781501330919
ISBN-10: 1501330918
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic USA
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2018
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dr Mark Clavier

Mark Clavier is Vice-Principal and Charles Marriott Director of Pastoral Studies at St Stephen's House, Oxford and an Associate Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, UK. Originally from the United States, he has lived in the UK since 2008 and served in parishes for more than fifteen years in both countries. His past publications include Rescuing the Church from Consumerism (2013) and Eloquent Wisdom: Rhetoric, Cosmology, and Delight in the Theology of Augustine of Hippo (2014).

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