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Books of Note
Buckingham, David and Vebjørg Tingstad (eds.) (2010). Childhood
and Consumer Culture (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave).
Theoretical and empirical contributions highlight this collection of original
and up-to-date research and thinking about the complicated interconnections between
children and commercial life.
Comaroff, John L and Jean Comaroff. (2009). Ethnicity, Inc. Chicago:
Chicago University Press, 2009.
An exploration of “ethno-entrepreneurialism” among
a wide variety of groups and practices that portends a new relationship between
ethnicity, identity and the market.
Davis, Mark. (2008). Freedom and Consumerism: A Critique
of Zygmunt Bauman’s Sociology. Aldershot: Ashgate.
A comprehensive and wide-ranging examination and critique of
the works of one of the leading theorists of consumption and
Devinney, Timothy, Patrice Auger and Giana Eckhardt. (2010). The
Myth of the Ethical Consumer. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge
Using first-hand findings and extensive research, this book reveals
not only why the search for the “ethical consumer” is
futile but also why the social aspects of consumption cannot
Humphery, Kim (2010). Excess: Anti-Consumerism in the West. Cambridge,
UK: Polity Press.
Both an analysis of anti-consumption movements and attitudes
and a critique of them, the author calls for a new politics of
consumption which recognizes consumers as something other than
Lukose, Ritty A. (2009). Liberalization’s Children:
Gender, Youth and Consumer Citizenship in Globalizing India. Durham,
NC: Duke University Press.
Weaving together analyses of film,
beauty pageants, fashion, politics, the street, family, sexuality
and marriage in relation to youth in non-metropolitan India,
this book highlight how anxieties about globalization often
seek resolution in the young female form.
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