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Shopping: Material Culture Perspectives
edited by Deborah C. Andrews
contributions by Helen Sheumaker, Gretchen Herrmann, Martha Rosler, Sandy Isenstadt, Susan Strasser, David Ames, Lance Winn, Anne Krulikowski, J. Ritchie Garrison, Jay Gitlin and McKay Jenkins
University of Delaware Press, 2015
eISBN: 978-1-64453-050-4 | Paper: 978-1-64453-049-8 | Cloth: 978-1-64453-048-1

The degree to which shopping, or, more broadly, consumerism, is both critiqued and defended in American society confirms the role that commercial goods play in our daily lives. This collection of essays provides case studies depicting selected aspects of this engaging activity. The authors include several historians with diverging specialties: an art historian, an anthropologist, an environmental journalist, a geographer and urban planner, and practicing artists. Each author demonstrates how a material culture perspective—a focus on the relationship between people and their things—can illuminate a specific corner of consumption. Connecting the essays are concerns about the spaces in which shopping occurs; about the experience of shopping itself, both individual and social; and about its economic, environmental, and personal downsides. Collectively, these essays demonstrate how a material culture perspective on shopping yields insights into multiple aspects of American culture.

Published by University of Delaware Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.

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