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Going Shopping: Consumer Choices and Community Consequences (Hardback)

Ann Satterthwaite

Edité par Yale University Press, United States, 2002
ISBN 10: 0300084218 / ISBN 13: 9780300084214
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Titre : Going Shopping: Consumer Choices and ...

Éditeur : Yale University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2002

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. We are how we shop. From Mesopotamian merchants and the fairs of medieval Europe to marble palace department stores and now Wal-Mart and the Internet, social, cultural, economic, and moral forces have shaped our shopping. In this engaging and generously illustrated book, Ann Satterthwaite traces the history of shopping and considers its meaning and significance. According to Satterthwaite, shopping has become part of the American dream. To choose and to buy constitute not only a basic economic liberty but also the capacity to improve and transform ourselves. How we shop also reflects our culture, as in the twentieth century disposable incomes have grown, women s roles have changed, and new styles of shopping and advertising have made their impacts on an old adventure. But there is a downside. Shopping used to be a friendly business: shoppers and clerks knew each other, the country crossroads stores and downtown markets were social as much as economic hubs. Shopping was meshed with civic life-post offices, town halls, courts, and churches. In place of this almost vanished scene have come superstores and the franchises of international companies staffed by pressured clerks in featureless commercial wastelands. Shopping and community have been savagely divorced. However, shopping as a social plus need not be lost, says Satterthwaite. Examining trends in the United States and abroad where new approaches to an old activity are strengthening its social and civic role, she states that shopping is more than ever a public concern with profound public impacts. N° de réf. du libraire BZV9780300084214

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Synopsis : We are how we shop. From Mesopotamian merchants and the fairs of medieval Europe to marble palace department stores and now Wal-Mart and the Internet, social, cultural, economic, and moral forces have shaped our shopping. In this engaging and generously illustrated book, Ann Satterthwaite traces the history of shopping and considers its meaning and significance. According to Satterthwaite, shopping has become part of the American dream. To choose and to buy constitute not only a basic economic liberty but also the capacity to improve and transform ourselves. How we shop also reflects our culture, as in the twentieth century disposable incomes have grown, women's roles have changed, and new styles of shopping and advertising have made their impacts on an old adventure. But there is a downside. Shopping used to be a friendly business: shoppers and clerks knew each other, the country crossroads stores and downtown markets were social as much as economic hubs. Shopping was meshed with civic life, epitomised by institutions such as post offices, town halls, courts, and churches. In place of this almost vanished scene have come superstores and the franchises of international companies staffed by pressured clerks in featureless commercial wastelands. Shopping and community have been savagely divorced. However, shopping as a social plus need not be lost, argues Satterthwaite. Examining trends in the United States and abroad where new approaches to an old activity are strengthening its social and civic role, she states that shopping is more than ever a public concern with profound public impacts.

Critique: "Breaks new ground by showing how recent changes in shopping must be acknowledged as forces that strongly contribute to the weakening of community ties. Satterthwaite's suggested remedies form the basis for beginning an important discussion of these issues." -- Tony Hiss, author of The Experience of Place

"This enjoyable book engages in a significant debate about civility, community, and public space. Its closest parallels are works by Jane Jacobs and Ada Louise Huxtable." -- Sharon Zukin, City University of New York

"This enjoyable book engages in a significant debate about civility, community, and public space." -- Sharon Zukin, City University of New York

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