Consumerism in World History: The Global Transformation of Desire

2nd Edition

Peter N. Stearns

Routledge
Published February 8, 2006
Reference - 180 Pages
ISBN 9780415395878 - CAT# RU5879X
Series: Themes in World History

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Summary

This second edition of Consumerism in World History draws on recent research of the consumer experience in the West and Japan, while also examining societies less renowned for consumerism, such as those in Africa.

By relating consumerism to other issues in world history, this book forces reassessment of our understanding of both consumerism and global history. Each chapter has been updated and new features now include:

  • a chapter on Latin America
  • Russian and Chinese developments since the 1990s
  • the changes involved in trying to bolster consumerism as a response to recent international threats
  • examples of consumerist syncretism, as in efforts to blend beauty contests with traditional culture in Kerala.

With updated suggested reading, the second edition of Consumerism in World History is essential reading for all students of world history.

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