Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture

1st Edition

Sharon Zukin

Routledge
Published March 1, 2005
Textbook - 336 Pages
ISBN 9780415950435 - CAT# RT0430

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Summary

This accessible, smart, and expansive book on shopping's impact on American life is in part historical, stretching back to the mid-19th century, yet also has a contemporary focus, with material on recent trends in shopping from the internet to Zagat's guides.

Drawing inspiration from both Pierre Bourdieu's work and Walter Benjamin's seminal essay on the shopping arcades of 19th-century Paris, Zukin explores the forces that have made shopping so central to our lives: the rise of consumer culture, the never-ending quest for better value, and shopping's ability to help us improve our social status and attain new social identities.

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