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Dawson, Michael (2003). The Consumer Trap: Big Business Marketing in American Life. University of Illinois Press

Lee, M. J. (ed) (2000). The Consumer Society Reader. Blackwell.

Lee, M. J. (1993). Consumer Culture Reborn: The Cultural Politics of Consumption. Routledge.


Arnould, Eric J., Linda L. Price, and George Zinkhan (2004). Consumers. McGraw-Hill/Irwin Series in Marketing.
Textbook in consumer behavior that is both global and multiparadigmatic (anthro, soci psych, soc) in perspective.


Reichert, Tom and Lambiase, Jacqueline (eds.) (2003) Sex in Advertising: Perspectives on the Erotic Appeal. Lawrence Erlbaum.
Looks at important issues about sex in advertising, such as gender and representation, unintended social effects, subliminal embeds, appeals to the homosexual community, and new media from diverse perspectives, including original experimental studies, interpretive and historical analyses, and cultural critiques.


Butsch, Richard (2000). The Making of American Audiences from Stage to Television, 1750 -1990. Cambridge University.
Examines whether audiences have historically constituted a public and practiced a repertoire for collective action and how audiences have been socially constructed mostly in the press.

Chin, E. (2001). Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture.. Minneapolis MN. Frank, Thomas (2000). One Market Under God. Doubleday.
A scathing critique of the notion of market populism and its current assault on social justice.

Gottdiener, Mark Ed. (2000). New Forms of Consumption: Consumers, Culture and Commodification. Rowman and Littlefield.
All new essays on history, media and politics of consumption, including a number by CCC members.

Halter, Marilyn. (2000). Shopping for Identity: The Marketing of Ethnicity. New York: Schocken Books.

Hoyer, Wayne and Debbie MacInnis (August 2000, 2nd ed.). Consumer Behavior. Houghton Mifflin.
"A research oriented textbook that summarizes an enormous body of literature on consumer behavior-- much of it published in the marketing literature." -- Debbie MacInnis, Associate Professor of Marketing, Marshall School of Business

Seabrook, John (2000). Nobrow:The Culture of Marketing-The Marketing of Culture.

Scanlon, Jennifer (2000). Gender and Consumer Culture Reader. New York University.

Schor, Juliet et al. (2000). Do Americans Shop Too Much? Beacon.

Schor, Juliet and Douglas Holt (2000). The Consumer Society Reader.

Schroeder, Jonathan (2002). Visual Consumption. Routledge.
Presents a theoretical perspective on visual consumption and provides wide-ranging examples from advertising, e-commerce, photography, design, theater, and tourism.

Underhill, Paco (2000). Why We Buy : The Science of Shopping.

Warde, A. and Martens, Lydia (2000). Eating Out: Social Differentiation, Consumption and Pleasure. Cambridge University Press.

Weiss, Michael J. (2000). The Clustered World:How We Live, What We Buy, and What It All Means About Who We Are.

1999 and earlier

Appadurai, Arjun (1986). The Social Life of Things. Cambridge University.

Glickman, Lawrence Ed. (1999). Consumer Society in American History: A Reader.
Compendium of previously published articles which together give outline to various forms of consumption throughout American history.

Humphrey, Kim (1998). Shelf Life: Supermarkets and the Changing Cultures of Consumption. Cornell University.
Looks at how the rise of the supermarket in Britain, Australia, and the United States articulate issues of commericalized nationhood, the connection between consumption and self-autonomy, and the highly gendered nature of retailing.

Douglas, M. and B. Isherwood (1996). The World of Goods: Towards an Anthropology of Consumption. New York, Routledge. Klein, Lloyd (1999). It's in the Cards: Consumer Credit and the American Experience.
"Analysis offered in the volume discusses the ascendence of consumer credit, the premise that consumer credit acts as an economic social control device affecting individual comsumption patterns, and the use of consumer credit as a convenience factor. Additional factors considered in the volume include an analysis of consumer credit through planned credit card advertising campaigns, commodity distribution sources (malls, teleshopping, etc.), and the impact of bankruptcy rates on the subsequent granting of consumer credit." -- Lloyd Klein, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Leach, William. (1994). Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Class. New York: Vintage. recently added

Lebergott, Stanley (1993). Pursuing happiness: American Consumers in the Twentieth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press. recently added

McChesney, Robert (1999). Rich Media, Poor Democracy. University of Illinois. Intensely researched and detailed indictment of how global media structures deny democratic participation in the increasingly hegemonic world of electronic media.

McCracken, Grant (1988). Culture and Consumption. Bloomington: Indiana University.

Miller, Daniel et. al. (1998). Shopping, Place and Identity. Routledge.

Ross, Andrew (1999). The Celebration Chronicles. Ballantine. Ethnographic account of one year spent living in the Disney, Inc-created town of Celebration, Florida.

Schor, Juliet (1999). The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting, and the New Consumer. HarperCollins.

Sennet, Richard (1998). The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism. Norton.
A look into the inner transformation accompanying the uncertainty fostered by deindustrialization.

Slater, Don (1997). Consumer Culture and Modernity. Polity.

Storey, John (1999). Cultural Consumption and Everyday Life. Arnold.

Strasser, Susan (1999). Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash. Metropolitan Books.
Insightful historical analysis of the transformation of refuse into trash, and the accompanying loss of social practices regarding reusing and remaking materials.

Strasser, Susan (1995). Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Marking of the American Mass Market.

Twitchell, James B. (1999). Lead Us Into Temptation. Columbia University.
This ardent defense of consumerism makes consumption a virtue out of hegemony.

Wells, David R. (1998), Consumerism and the Movement of Housewives into Wagework: The Interaction of Patriarchy, Class, and Capitalism in Twentieth Century America. Ashgate.

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