The Shopping Experience

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Overview

The last decade has witnessed a clear and steady rise of interest in consumer culture. Many commentators now argue that consumption rather than production is the axis of personal identity and meaningful social action - a standpoint that reverses the traditional view that consumption is an incidental, trivial feature in contemporary culture.

This shrewd and probing book seeks to theorize shopping as an autonomous realm. It avoids the reductionist characteristics of economics and marketing. At the same time it avoids the moralizing tone of many contemporary discussions of shopping and consumption. The book uses an interdisciplinary resource base and comparative data to build-up a convincing analysis of the meaning of shopping

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Meet the Author

Pasi Falk is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Colin Campbell and Pasi Falk
In Defence of Shopping - Mary Douglas
Could Shopping Ever Really Matter? - Daniel Miller
Modernity's Disavowal - Mica Nava
Women, the City and the Department Store
Supermarket Futures - Rachel Bowlby
The Making of a Swedish Department Store Culture - Cecilia Fredriksson
Shopping in the East Centre Mall - Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen and Pasi M[um]aenp[um]a[um]a
Shopping, Pleasure and the Sex War - Colin Campbell and Paul Hewer
The Scopic Regimes of Shopping - Pasi Falk
Appendix: Research on Shopping - Paul Hewer and Colin Campbell
A Brief History and Selected Literature

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