5, No. 2, May 2004
Books of Note
Andy and Peterson, Richard A.(eds.) (2004) Music Scenes:
Local, Translocal, and Virtual. Nashville: Vanderbilt University
Notwithstanding the mega-music conglomerates, most music is created
and enjoyed in intense groups who join together to enjoy the "their
music" and its related lifestyle; the introductory chapter "sets
the scene" for chapters on Chicago blues, rave culture, Riot Girrrl,
karaoke, girl pop, goth, London salsa, anarcho-punk and more.
Cohen, Lizabeth. (2003) A Consumer's Republic : The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America. NY: Knopf.
An impressively detailed history examining the integration and separation of consumption and citizenship that questions the supposed far-reaching benefits consumption through an examination of racial and gender and class contexts of suburbanizing, post-war America.
Cook, Daniel Thomas (2004) The Commodification of Childhood: The Children’s Clothing Industry and the Rise of the Child Consumer.Durham: Duke University Press.
This social history explores the roots of children's consumer culture—and the commodification of childhood itself—by looking at the how the children's clothing industry legitimized “the child’s” perspective and desires in the context of an emergent culture of consumption.
Cross, Gary (2004) The Cute and the Cool: Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children's Culture New York: Oxford University Press.
This history illustrates how adults have created the ideal of the innocent childhood and have used this to project adult needs and frustrations rather than concerns about protecting and nurturing the young and how the images, goods, and rituals of childhood have been co-opted by the commercial world.
Hochschild, Arlie R. (2003). The Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work. Berkeley: University of California Press.
A series of essays which examine the complex emotional negotiations involved in juggling the conflicting demands of love and work with particular focus on gender, family, capitalism and globalization.
Linn, Susan (2004) Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood. New York: The New Press.
A call to arms in the form of an expose, written by a professor of psychiatry, on the multiple ways that childhood has been co-opted by corporate interests.
Zukin, Sharon (2004) Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed
American Culture. NY; Routledge.
A sweeping history of shopping, spiced with contemporary observations and interviews, which together offer a variety of insights on the relationships between consumption, desire, the self, community and public life.