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Consumer Society in American History A Reader

ISBN-10: 0801484863
ISBN-13: 9780801484865
Edition: 1999
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Description: This volume offers the most comprehensive and incisive exploration American consumer history to date. It is the first book on this topic to span the four centuries from the colonial era to the present, and to propose theoretical frameworks.

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Book details

Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 9/2/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

This volume offers the most comprehensive and incisive exploration American consumer history to date. It is the first book on this topic to span the four centuries from the colonial era to the present, and to propose theoretical frameworks.

Preface
Introduction: Born to Shop? Consumer History and American History
Frameworks and Definitions
Consumer
Consuming Goods and the Good of Consuming
Consumer Society
What Is an Economy For?
An Environmentalist's Perspective on Consumer Society
Roots of American Consumer Society
The First Consumer Revolution
Narrative of Commerical Life: Consumption, Ideology, and Community on the Eve of the American Revolution
Consumption in Early Modern Social Thought
Class, Gender, and Modernity, 1880-1940
Encountering Mass Culture at the Grassroots: The Experience of Chicago Workers in the 1920s
Familiar Sounds of Change: Music and the Growth of Mass Culture
From Scarcity to Abundance: The Immigrant as Consumer
Consuming Brotherhood: Men's Culture, Style and Recreation as Consumer Culture, 1880-1930
"Don't Buy Where You Can't Work"
Consumerism Since World War II
The 'Work' Ethic and 'Leisure' Activity: The Hot Rod in Post-War America
The Commodity Gap: Consumerism and the Modern Home
The Revolution Will be Marketed: American Corporations and Black Consumers During the 1960s
All Work and No Play. It Doesn't Pay
When High Wage Jobs Are Gone, Who Will Buy What We Make?
The Green Consumer
Critiques and Celebrations
Delectable Materialism: Second Thoughts on Consumer Culture
The Tyranny of Choice
The Pleasures of Eating
Coming Up for Air: Consumer Culture in Historical Perspective
Bibliographic Essay
Contributors
Index

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