Point of Purchase by Sharon Zukin
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By Sharon Zukin

Point of Purchase

How Shopping Changed American Culture

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Point of Purchase by Sharon Zukin

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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 19th-century Paris, Zukin explores the forces that have made shopping so central to our lives: the rise of consumer culture, the never-ending quest for better value, and shopping's ability to help us improve our social status and attain new social identities.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415950435
ISBN-10: 0415950430
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sharon Zukin

Sharon Zukin teaches sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and at Brooklyn College, where she holds an endowed chair. She is the author of numerous books and articles, and is a major figure in both urban studies and cultural sociology. She lives in New York City.

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