Capitalism's Eye: Cultural Spaces of the Commodity

1st Edition

Kevin Hetherington

Routledge
Published August 20, 2007
Textbook - 232 Pages
ISBN 9780415933414 - CAT# RT3412
Series: Cultural Spaces

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Summary

Capitalism's Eye is an extremely ambitious cultural history of how people experienced commodities in the era of industrial expansion. Writing against the dominant argument that the 'society of the spectacle' emerged fully formed in the mid-nineteenth century, Kevin Hetherington explains that the emergence of a culture of mass consumption dominated by visual experience was a much slower process, not truly ascendant until after the First World War. Looking at the department stores, home life, and the great exhibitions around the turn of the last century, Capitalism's Eye promises to transform how we understand both the cultural history of capitalism in America and Europe and the historical roots of the mediated spectacle that dominates our world today.

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