Cinderella Dreams: The Allure of the Lavish Wedding / Edition 1

Cinderella Dreams: The Allure of the Lavish Wedding / Edition 1

by Cele C. Otnes, Elizabeth Pleck
     
 


"As Otnes and Pleck so richly detail, the contemporary wedding is at once a rite of passage, a flight of fantasy, an expression of romantic longing, and an orgy of conspicuous consumption. Most significantly, the lavish wedding has become a celebration of contemporary consumer culture and is spreading globally, despite some resistance and backlash. From Barbie's… See more details below

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"As Otnes and Pleck so richly detail, the contemporary wedding is at once a rite of passage, a flight of fantasy, an expression of romantic longing, and an orgy of conspicuous consumption. Most significantly, the lavish wedding has become a celebration of contemporary consumer culture and is spreading globally, despite some resistance and backlash. From Barbie's wedding dress to Hollywood films to enormously expensive Asian weddings to gay and lesbian white weddings, we sanction superfluity in weddings to a degree unparalleled in other key life events including those of birth and death. This is a compelling analysis of the past, present, and future of wedding rituals, that holds a telling mirror to contemporary culture."—Russell Belk, author of Collecting in a Consumer Society

"Elizabeth Pleck and Cele Otnes pair their distinct talents to offer us a lavish display of the lavish wedding. In fascinating and often surprising detail--across time and place--they make sense of why we have clung to and, in fact, have radically embellished this vestige of Victorian culture."—Gary Cross, author of An All Consuming Century: Why Commercialism Won in Modern America

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240087
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/17/2003
Series:
Life Passages Series, #2
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
399
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1Romance, Magic, Memory, and Perfection1
2The Rise of the Lavish Wedding25
3The Engagement Complex55
4The Rituals of Wedding Shopping81
5The Wedding Weekend105
6From the Cabin to Cancun134
7Hollywood Hosts a Wedding164
8The Lavish Wedding Goes Global197
9Variations on a Theme228
10Luxury, Lavishness, and Love264
Notes281
Bibliography333
Index365

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