Inside Toyland: Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality / Edition 1

Inside Toyland: Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality / Edition 1

by Christine L. Williams
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520247175

ISBN-13: 9780520247178

Pub. Date: 01/09/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

"I Got My First Job working in a toy store when I was forty-one years old." So begins sociologist Christine Williams's description of her stints as a low-wage worker at two national toy store chains. In this provocative, perceptive, and lively book, studded with rich observations from the shop floor, Williams illuminates the politics of how we shop, exposes the

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"I Got My First Job working in a toy store when I was forty-one years old." So begins sociologist Christine Williams's description of her stints as a low-wage worker at two national toy store chains. In this provocative, perceptive, and lively book, studded with rich observations from the shop floor, Williams illuminates the politics of how we shop, exposes the realities of low-wage retail work, and discovers how class, race, and gender manifest and reproduce themselves in our shopping-mall culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520247178
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/09/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
1A Sociologist inside Toy Stores1
2History of Toy Shopping in America23
3The Social Organization of Toy Stores48
4Inequality on the Shopping Floor92
5Kids in Toyland137
6Toys and Citizenship185
Notes213
References225
Index237

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