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Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  2 reviews
This accessible, smart, and expansive book on shopping's impact on American life is in part historical, stretching back to the mid-19th century, yet also has a contemporary focus, with material on recent trends in shopping from the internet to Zagat's guides. Drawing inspiration from both Pierre Bourdieu's work and Walter Benjamin's seminal essay on the shopping arcades of ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Routledge (first published October 16th 2003)
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Emma Sea
Very thorough. It doesn't get more stars from me purely because I was already familiar with a lot of the material in here. The chapter on racial profiling in department stores shows how little has changed in the last 10 years. The chapter on shopping online (or lack thereof), and how shoppers don't feel they can purchase until they speak to a 'real person', shows how much has.

In terms of fashion retailing, I suggest Fashioning the Bourgeoisie: A History of Clothing in the Nineteenth Century as
Very factual. It was an oddly narrow focus on New York City shopping. She had looked into a few stores in New York in detail and had a few good interveiws but she didn't have enough breath of experience to write an in-depth book.
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