9, No. 2, May 2008
Books of Note
Banet-Weiser, Sarah. 2007. Kids
Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship. Durham:
Duke University Press.
A detailed study of the rise of the first all children’s
cable television network in the U.S. through the lens of consumer
Clavé, S. Anton. 2007. The
Global Theme Park Industry. Oxfordshire, UK:
A comprehensive look a the global theme park industry examining
both the ways in which theme parks allow consumers to escape
from their everyday lives through commodified experiences and
the way such parks figure into land development schemes in various
local and national contexts.
Cook, Daniel Thomas (ed.). 2008. Lived
Experiences of Public Consumption: Encounters with Value in Marketplaces
on Five Continents. Houndmills: Palgrave.
In eleven original chapters drawn from ethnographic study on
five continents, the contributors take the experiences, practices
and embodiments of everyday actors in marketplaces to reveal
how, in market-commercial contexts, economic value never stands
alone but is always accompanied by and enfolded into exquisite
Lash, Scott and Celia Lury. 2007. Global
Culture Industry. Cambridge: Polity.
A theoretical excursus in the cultural studies tradition which
conceptually and historically deconstructs and addresses the
notion of a culture industry so as to extend and supersede the
long-standing approach of the Frankfurt School.
Mariampolski, Hy. 2006. Ethnography
for Marketers: A Guide to Consumer Immersion.
Describes ways that marketers can use ethnographic ideas and
techniques and demonstrates ways that social scientists can make
ethnography useful to new product development.
Schechter, Danny. In Debt We Trust: America Before
the Bubble Bursts. New York, NY: Globalvision,
Inc., 2007. 98 minutes. DVD
A timely and disturbing analysis of the political economy of
the global debt economy, replete with descriptions of collusions
among those in the financial industries.
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