Ambivalent Consumer by Sheldon Garon
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Ambivalent Consumer
By Sheldon Garon

The Ambivalent Consumer

Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West

Edited by See other recent books by Sheldon Garon See other recent books by Patricia L. Maclachlan
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $61.00
Your Price: $54.90 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $6.10! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.74 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available, ships in 7-10 days, Not for Xmas

Ambivalent Consumer by Sheldon Garon

Book Description

In The Ambivalent Consumer, Sheldon Garon and Patricia L. Maclachlan bring together an array of scholars who explore the ambivalence provoked, especially in East and Southeast Asia, by the global spread of "American" consumer culture. As the world's second-largest economy, Japan has long engaged in a vibrant consumerism tempered by deeply held beliefs about morality, thrift, community, and national identity. Its neighbors in East and Southeast Asia-South Korea, China, Malaysia, and Singapore-have likewise anxiously balanced consumption and saving. The first comparative volume to examine global phenomena of consumer culture from the perspective of East Asia, this book analyzes not only the attractions of mass consumption but also the many discontents and dilemmas that arise from consumerism. Placing Japan and the United States in a transnational context, the book's contributors find that European countries more closely resemble Japan than they do the United States in their saving rates, consumption levels, environmental concerns, and discomfort with consumer credit. The Ambivalent Consumer offers a useful perspective on the political economies of consumption to address such pressing topics as movements against genetically modified foods; shifting relations among consumers, producers, and states; the differential influence of gender on consumption; and conflicting consumer attitudes toward globalization. Contributors: Takatsugu Akaishi, Nagasaki University; Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University; Deborah S. Davis, Yale University; Sheldon Garon, Princeton University; Andrew Gordon, Harvard University; Charles Yuji Horioka, Osaka University; Patricia L. Maclachlan, University of Texas at Austin; Laura C. Nelson, California State University, East Bay; Takao Nishimura, Yokohama National University; Jordan Sand, Georgetown University; Sven Steinmo, University of Colorado at Boulder; Frank Trentmann, Birkbeck College, University of London; Shunya Yoshimi, Tokyo University

Buy Ambivalent Consumer book by Sheldon Garon from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780801473029
ISBN-10: 0801473020
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...

Books By Author Sheldon Garon

Beyond Our Means by Sheldon Garon Beyond Our Means, Paperback (July 2013)

What can we learn from East Asian and European countries that have fostered enduring cultures of thrift over the past two centuries? This title tells how other nations aggressively encouraged their citizens to save by means of special savings institutions and savings campaigns.

Molding Japanese Minds by Sheldon Garon Molding Japanese Minds, Paperback (July 1998)

How has the Japanese government persuaded its citizens to save substantial portions of their incomes? How did the public come to support legalized prostitution as in the national interest? The author helps us to understand this mobilizing spirit as he taps into the intimate relationships everyday Japanese have with their government.

State and Labor in Modern Japan by Sheldon Garon State and Labor in Modern Japan, Paperback (March 1990)

In this meticulously researched study, Sheldon Garon examines the evolution of Japan's governmental policies toward labor from the late nineteenth century to the present day, and he substantially revises prevailing views which depict relations between the Japanese state and labor simply in terms of suppression and mutual antagonism.

» View all books by Sheldon Garon


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Ambivalent Consumer book by Sheldon Garon and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Sheldon Garon close
Beyond Our Means by Sheldon Garon
Molding Japanese Minds by Sheldon Garon
State and Labor in Modern Japan by Sheldon Garon
Recent books by Patricia L. Maclachlan close
People's Post Office by Patricia L. Maclachlan
Ambivalent Consumer by Patricia L. Maclachlan
» close