This paper is a review of the socio-economic literature on consumption. Considering consumption as a social activity, it examines how consumption solves the problems of interest, knowledge, and identity. It also discusses the main themes and important contributions in each category and offers suggestions for further research.
Cosgel, Metin, "The Socioeconomics of Consumption: Solutions to the Problems of Interest, Knowledge, and Identity" (2005). Economics Working Papers. Paper 200546.