I Want That! How We All Became Shoppers

ISBN-10: 0060959835

ISBN-13: 9780060959838

Edition: N/A

Authors: Thomas Hine

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Shopping has a lot in common with sex. Just about everybody does it. Some people brag about how well they do it. Some keep it a secret. And both provide ample opportunities to make foolish choices. Choosing and using objects is a primal human activity, and I Want That! is nothing less than a portrait of humanity as the species that shops. It explores the history of acquisition -- finding, choosing, spending -- from our amber-coveting Neolithic forebears to Renaissance nobles who outfitted themselves for power to twenty-first-century bargain hunters looking for a good buy on eBay. I Want That! explores the minds of shoppers in the quest to nourish and feed fantasies, to define individuality, to provide for family, and to satisfy the needs for celebration, power, and choice -- all of which lead us to malls, boutiques, websites, and superstores.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/14/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440

Introduction: What Makes People Shop?
Power: Why We Want Objects and How They Change Us
Responsibility: Why Women Take Shopping Seriously
Discovery: In the Market Among Strangers
Self-Expression: The Blossoming of the Buyosphere
Insecurity: Fashion and the Quest For a Great Buy
Attention: Sellers, Buyers, and the Worlds They Make
Belonging: Taste, Lifestyle, and Buying to Fit In
Celebration: Spending Christmas with Family
Convenience: Efficiency, Branding, and the Tangled Lives of Shoppers
Afterword: The Future of Shopping
Note on Sources and Further Reading
Photograph Sources
Index
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