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One Nation under Goods: Malls and the Seductions of American Shopping
Loved and hated, visited and avoided, seemingly everywhere yet endlessly the same, malls occupy a special place in American life. What, then, is this invention that evokes such strong and contradictory emotions in Americans? In many ways malls represent the apotheosis of American consumerism, and this synthetic and wide-ranging investigation is an eye-popping tour of Ameri ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 17th 2003 by Smithsonian
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Consumer psychology interests me but this was boring. Very dry and very dated. (Seems like it was written in the 80s instead of early 2000s) Also had a lot of random tangents that had nothing to do with consumerism or were a stretch. There were a few interesting tidbits here and there but I quit halfway through.
Pretty good look at many aspects of American shopping malls, though now a bit dated (2003) given how many traditional shopping malls are declining (no talk of "dead malls," though there's a little about mall reuse). Recommended for anyone into books about consumerism and retail history.