On Consumer Culture, Identity, the Church and the Rhetorics of Delight

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Mark Clavier
Reading Augustine
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , November
     168 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Seth Pryor forthcoming.


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 Delightdraws 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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Mark Clavier is Residentiary Dean of Brecon Cathedral in Wales, and Chair of the Doctrinal Commission of the Church in Wales.


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