Commodifying Everything: Relationships of the Market

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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Susan Strasser is a Professor of History at the University of Delaware. Her scholarly work focuses on the intersection of private and public: domestic experiences and American corporate activity. She is the author of several books including Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash and Never Done: A History of American Housework

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Give-and-Take of Consumer Culture 11
2 Buying Your Friends: The Pet Business and American Consumer Culture 43
3 The Commodity of Self: Nineteenth-Century Human Hair Jewelry 71
4 An Undesired Necessity: The Commodification of Medical Service in the Interwar United States 97
5 "Preserving Their Form and Features": The Commodification of Coffins in the American Understanding of Death 119
6 Healthcare as Product: Catholic Sisters Confront Charity and the Hospital Marketplace, 1865-1925 143
7 "Preachers and Peddlers of God": Ex-Slaves and the Selling of African-American Religion in the American South 169
8 The Politics of Ghee Adulteration and Its Public Resolutions in Calcutta, c. 1917 191
9 Marketing Community: State Reform of Indian Village Property and Expenditure in Colonial Mexico, 1775-1810 215
10 Commodifying Chinese Nationalism: MSG and the Flavor of Patriotic Production 235
11 Packaging Skills: Calibrating Cheese to the Global Market 259
Contributors 289
Index 293
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