10, No. 2, May 2009
Books of Note
Belasco, Warren and Roger Horowitz (eds.). 2008. Food Chains:
From Farmyard to Shopping Cart. Philadelphia: University
of Pennsylvania Press.
This collection of twelve historical case studies ranging widely from the pig,
poultry, and seafood industries to the origins of the shopping cart reveals the
remarkable inner workings of the modern food provisioning system and the complex
web of institutions that move food from the farm to the dinner table.
Blaszczyk, Regina Lee. American Consumer Society, 1865-2005: From Hearth
to HDTV. Wheeling, Ill.: Harlan Davidson Publishers, 2009.
A whirlwind tour of U.S. consumer culture since the Civil War, focusing on shifting
values from "things" to "experiences" or the transition
from "cultural hardware" to "cultural software."
Cronin, Anne M. and Kevin Hetherington (eds.), Consuming
the Entrepreneurial City: Image, Memory, Spectacle.
New York and London: Routledge, 2008
Original essays by various authors focus on, among other things,
the creation and loss of memory in the consumer landscape of
21st century cities.
Dworkin, Shari L. and Faye Linda Wachs (2009). Body
Panic: Gender, Health and the Selling of Fitness. New
York, NYU Press.
This book uses content and textual analysis of men's and women's
health and fitness magazines to explore the relationship between
gender, ideologies of health and neoliberal manifestations of
the fitness imperative.
Littler, Jo. 2008. Radical Consumption: Shopping for
Change in Contemporary Culture. Berkshire, UK: Open University
An examination of the moral discourses surrounding the contemporary
entanglements of consumption with social activism..
Miller, Daniel 2008. The Comfort of Things, Cambridge:
In a “largely non-academic style,” Miller examines
the place of goods in the lives of 30 people in North London,
finding a variety of ways people use good for solace, support
and touchstones of memories.
Sunderland, Patricia and Rita Denny. 2007. Doing Anthropology
in Consumer Research. Left Coast Press.
A glimpse into the work of marketing anthropology by two veterans
through case studies and discussions of method.
Weinreb, Amelia Rosenberg. 2009 (August release date). Cuba
in the Shadow of Change: Daily Life in the Twilight of the
Revolution. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
Provides a new line of inquiry into the place of citizenship
and consumption in contemporary Cuban society, arguing that late-socialist
transition on the island has just as much to do with ordinary
consumer desire as it does with political ideology.
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