Modern Day Society Of The Uk

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Modern day society in the UK is often referred to as a consumer society, which is a society that is defined by what and how people consume rather than what people do or produce. The rise of mass consumption was largely due to a rise in affluence after the war, as women entered the work force, credit became available and self service stores were introduced. This essay will focus on how such a society produces winners and losers, first by looking at the consequences of power wielded by large supermarket chains for small businesses, consumers and overseas workers, and then by looking at Bauman 's concepts of the 'seduced ' and the 'repressed ' and how this deepens inequality and social divides. It is argued that supermarket dominance is…show more content…
To her, places like Dundee are typical of the changes that have taken place. Back in the 1960s, there were 10 bakers, now only 2 remain, out of 8 butchers, one remains, and out of half a dozen grocers, only one remains. In the present day, Dundee now hosts 6 Tesco 's, 3 of which are Metro or Express stores. One Asda, one Morrisons, one Sainsbury 's and a number of other low priced outlets. According to Blythman, there is a correlation between the closure of independent stores and the presence of big supermarkets in Dundee, and it seems that they have benefited at the expense of the small independent stores. (Allen, p163) To back this up, a survey of small grocery retailers was conducted in 2011, and they identified the main obstacle to their business was competition from the big supermarket chains. (ResPublica, 2011) This amounts to a zero sum game (Wrong, 1997) where the Supermarkets gain is the small stores loss. The involvement of Supermarket chains sourcing cheap labour overseas to keep costs low could be problematic. It is claimed that workers overseas work excessive amounts of hours for little reward and that consumers enjoy low prices at the checkout at the expense of overseas factory workers who are denied earning a living wage. In 2006, War on Want, an anti poverty charity accused Asda
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