Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture / Edition 1

Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture / Edition 1

by Sharon Zukin, Zukin Zukin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415950430

ISBN-13: 9780415950435

Pub. Date: 03/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415950435
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,011,664
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: What Shopping Is
1. A Brief History of Shopping
2. Julia Learns to Shop
3. From Woolworth's to Wal-Mart
4. "The Perfect Pair of Leather Pants"
5. B. Altman, Ralph Lauren, and the Death of the Leisure Class
6. Artemio Goes to Tiffany's
7. Consumer Guides and the Invention of Lifestyle
8. How Brooks Brothers Came to Look Like Banana Republic
9. The Zen of Internet Shopping
10. Zagats' 'R' Us
Epilogue: What Shopping Should Be
Acknowledgments
Notes

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