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A Theory of Shopping

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A Theory of Shopping offers a highly original perspective on one of our most basic everyday activities - shopping. We commonly assume that shopping is primarily concerned with individuals and materialism. But Miller rejects this assumption and follows the surprising route of analysing shopping by means of an analogy with anthropological studies of sacrificial ritual. He ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Polity Press (first published 1998)
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Malcolm
Jul 23, 2011 Malcolm rated it liked it
Miller does here what anthropology/ethnography is about, as far as many of its practitioners are concerned – he explores the ordinary and the everyday, in this case shopping as in basic provisioning. If it were an old style ethnography of some distant society, we'd talk about it as food gathering techniques, but in this case it is an ethnography of an area of North London.

He does two useful and important things – he explores the importance of the 'treat' – the thing we buy in most/every shopping
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