Spree: A Cultural History of Shopping / Edition 1

Spree: A Cultural History of Shopping / Edition 1

by Pamela Klaffke
     
 

ISBN-10: 1551521431

ISBN-13: 9781551521435

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited

Ten years ago, Faith Popcorn declared "the end of shopping" in her bestselling book The Popcorn Report. But from the looks of things, shopping is as pervasive as ever; we are a culture obsessed and beguiled by the desire for consumer goods.

Journalist and shopping addict Pamela Klaffke documents the history of shopping, from a time when cattle were

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Overview

Ten years ago, Faith Popcorn declared "the end of shopping" in her bestselling book The Popcorn Report. But from the looks of things, shopping is as pervasive as ever; we are a culture obsessed and beguiled by the desire for consumer goods.

Journalist and shopping addict Pamela Klaffke documents the history of shopping, from a time when cattle were currency to the current age of contemporary shopping phenoms like QVC and eBay.

Topics covered include:

The history of shopping malls and department stores The evolution of retail design Inventions that made shopping easier: the cash -register (1884), the shopping cart (1936), the bar code (1952)
Information on the largest fashion retail chain (The Gap, 3,676 stores), the largest retail firm (Wal-Mart, with annual revenues of $191 billion), and the world’s largest mall (West Edmonton Mall, at 121 acres)
Shopping meccas and customs from around the world The dark side of shopping: kleptomania, shopping addictions, anticonsumerism The myths of shopping: Men Who Hate Shopping and Women Who Love Shoes

Full of fun and informative sidebars and photos, Klaffke’s book demonstrates that how we shop explains a lot about who we are.

Pamela Klaffke is a writer, editor, and media consultant. She is currently the literary editor of the Calgary Herald and her semiweekly column about popular culture trends can often be read in various newspapers across Canada. Spree: A Cultural History of Shopping is her first book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551521435
Publisher:
Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments7
Author's Note9
iShopping Gets Its Start13
iiConsumers and Consumerism25
iiiInside the Retail World41
ivShopping at Home61
vNever Pay Retail: Shopping for Bargains89
viSecond-hand Shopping103
viiShopping for a Living121
viiiShopping and the Media135
ixThe Fame Game153
xShopping and Gender165
xiThe Dark Side of Shopping177
xiiShopping the Globe189
xiiiFrom the Crystal Palace to the Crystal Ball203
Bibliography213
Index222

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