Serious Shopping

Overview

The phenomenon of addictive shopping is a popular subject for the media. The stereotype of those who indulge in it - women who are affluent and slightly bored does not present an accurate picture. In this book the contributors, from either personal or theoretical perspectives, convey something of the desperation of the shopping experience. This book examines all aspects of the shopping experience, including shop lifting and shopping as a way of dealing with death anxiety. As with other addictive behaviors, ...
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Overview

The phenomenon of addictive shopping is a popular subject for the media. The stereotype of those who indulge in it - women who are affluent and slightly bored does not present an accurate picture. In this book the contributors, from either personal or theoretical perspectives, convey something of the desperation of the shopping experience. This book examines all aspects of the shopping experience, including shop lifting and shopping as a way of dealing with death anxiety. As with other addictive behaviors, addictive shopping is both functional and dysfunctional. There is, however, a distinction, for shopping is an expected and an acceptable activity. Yet, for the person who seeks in it a salve for emotional pain, the magic doesn't work: the brave attempt to heal the self fails.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853434822
  • Publisher: Free Association Books Limited
  • Publication date: 3/13/2000
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
1 'Even As I Bought It I Knew It Couldn't Work' 8
2 Consuming 'Goods' 35
3 From Harrods to Holloway: When Compulsive Shopping Is Not An Option 52
4 Gifts of Life: An Existential Approach to Shopping Addiction 73
5 The Incandescent Shopper: An Existential-Phenomenological Perspective 95
6 Women, Body Image and Shopping for Clothes 114
7 The Ecology of Shopping - A Transformational Experience 133
8 Addictive Shopping as a Form of Family Communication 154
9 Social Power, Self-Identity and Addictive Consumption 183
10 Shopping for an Addiction 199
11 Shame on Credit 221
Afterword 242
Index 243
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