连接到对新产品和我们自己的持续追求，消费主义文化的另一个特征是鲍曼所说的“过去的残废。”通过新的购买，我们可以重生，继续前进或重新开始，即时性和缓解。在这种文化中，时间被构思和体验为碎片化，或“点彩派” – 经验和生活阶段很容易留下来做其他事情。同样，我们对社区的期望和我们对它的体验是分散的，短暂的和不稳定的。在消费主义文化中，我们是“衣帽间社区”的成员，“人们觉得只是通过在其他人在场的地方加入，或者通过运动徽章或其他共同意图，风格或品味的标记来加入。”这些是“固定期限”由共享的消费者做法和符号促进的社区，只允许社区的短暂体验。因此，消费主义文化是以“弱关系”而不是强关系为标志的文化。鲍曼开发的这个概念对社会学家很重要，因为我们对作为一个社会理所当然的价值观，规范和行为的含义感兴趣，其中一些是积极的，但其中很多都是消极的。
Connected to the ongoing pursuit of new products and our own, another characteristic of consumerism culture is what Bowman calls “the past disability.” With new purchases, we can regenerate, move on or start again, immediacy and ease. . In this culture, time is conceived and experienced as fragmentation, or “spots” – experience and life stages are easy to stay and do other things. Similarly, our expectations of the community and our experience with it are fragmented, short-lived and unstable. In the consumerist culture, we are members of the “cloakroom community”. “People feel that they are only joined by where others are present, or by sports badges or other common intents, styles or tastes.” These are “fixed The term “the community promoted by shared consumer practices and symbols, only allows for a short-lived experience of the community. Therefore, consumerism culture is a culture marked by “weak relationship” rather than strong relationship. The concept developed by Bowman is important to sociologists because we are interested in the values, norms and behaviors that are taken for granted by society, some of which are positive, but many of which are negative.