5, No. 1, December 2003
Books of Note
F. Sherry Jr. (eds). Time, Space, and the Market: Retroscapes
Rising, M. E. Sharpe (London),
text uses vivid personal narratives to immerse readers in the
mind- and time-altering world of retrospaces — environments that
evoke remembrances (albeit false) of times past.
Entertaining Lesbians: Celebrity, Sexuality, and Self-Invention,
analysis of key moments in lesbian cultural history — e.g., Hollywood
in the 1920s and '30s, the gay and women't liberation movements
in the late 1960s and early '70s, professional sports in the 1980s
— as elements of a critique of contemporary lesbian visibility
politics and celebrity.
Grazian, Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban
Blues Clubs, University of
Chicago Press, 2003.
Ethnographic exploration of the ways inwhich professional and
amateur musicians, club owners, and city boosters define authenticity
and dish it out to tourists and bar regulars.
and Allen Kanner (eds.). Psychology and Consumer Culture :
The Struggle for a Good Life in a Materialistic World. American Psychological Association, 2003.
An in-depth psychological analysis of consumerism
that draws from a wide range of theoretical, clinical, and methodological
approaches which demonstrate that consumerism and the culture
that surrounds it exert profound and often undesirable effects
on both people's individual lives and on society as a whole.
The Sign of the Burger: McDonald’s and the Cuture of Power,
Temple University Press, 2002.
critical analysis of how McDonald’s has served as s symbol of
American strength as well as a bellwether for the condition of
labor in a globalized econony.
C. Otnes and Elizabeth H. Pleck. Cinderella Dreams: The Allure
of the Lavish Wedding. University
of California Press, 2003.
Examines the reasons for the explosive growth of the wedding as
a consumption-oriented rite in the U.S. and
abroad, examining the historical and social forces that have led
to its increasingly elaborate nature, and also examines aspects
of the wedding such as engagement, the ceremony, and the honeymoon.
C. Otnes and Tina M. Lowrey (eds.). Contemporary Consumption
Rituals: A Research Anthology,
Erlbaum Press, 2003.
compendium of new research on consumption within the context of
rituals ranging from the entrenched (Christmas) to the new (Burning
Man), and examines aspects of ritualistic consumption such as
socialization, growth and demise of rituals, and the impact of
rituals on consumers' lives.
Sternheimer. It's Not the Media: The Truth About Pop Culture's
Influence on Children, Westview
examines the fears surrounding children's media use, including
concerns about children, advertising and consumption..