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Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  41 Ratings  ·  3 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
Mar 07, 2015 Chrissa rated it really liked it
This was a solid read, giving me a better insight into the shifting and increasing place shopping has come to have in our culture, particularly in terms of how we are educated to shop by both our peer group and outside marketing. The book became an overview, sparking questions that I will pursue into other books. At times, the writing seemed to be edging more toward memoir--the author focuses on the New York area, where she currently lives and includes snippets of her own experiences. I found th ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it
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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