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Books of Note
Blaszczyk, Regina Lee (ed). 2008. Producing Fashion: Commerce,
Culture, and Consumers. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania
Focusing on the period from about 19900 to 1970, fourteen essays examine how “how
the interactions among commerce, culture and consumers produce different fashions
and help to disseminate them, sustain them, and contribute to their ‘going
out of fashion.’”
Halton, Eugene. 2008 The Great Brain Suck: And Other American
Epiphanies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
An original jeremiad against over-consumption and “the
Jones, Ian R., Martin Hyde, Christina R. Victor, Richard
D. Wiggins, Chris Gilleard and
Paul Higgs. 2008. Ageing in a Consumer Soceity: From passive
to active consumption in Britain.
This book charts the engagement of older people with the processes
of consumption from the 1960s to the present day and addresses
an often overlooked aspect of consumer society.
Sherry, John F., Jr and Eileen Fisher. (2009) Explorations
in Consumer Culture Theory (2009) London: Routledge
Leading researchers in the field of Consumer Culture Theory examine
the lived experience of consumption in socio-historical perspective
as it impinges on such topics as advertising, branding, retailing,
lifestyle trends, corporate image management and family rituals.
Wherry, Frederick F. 2008. Global Markets and Local Crafts:
Thailand and Costa Rica Compared. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins
Comparative ethnographies of the handicraft markets which call
into question simple assumptions about capitalism and globalization.
Wilson, B. 2008. Swindled:The Dark History of Food Fraud,
from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee. Princeton:
Princeton University Press.
A history of food adulteration from Roman times to the present,
with attention to scientific, political/economic and social/cultural
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