The Shopping Experience

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Pasi Falk, Colin Campbell
SAGE, Sep 29, 1997 - Social Science - 212 pages
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The last decade has witnessed a clear and steady rise of interest in consumer culture. Many commentators now argue that consumption rather than production is the axis of personal identity and meaningful social action - a standpoint that reverses the traditional view that consumption is an incidental, trivial feature in contemporary culture.

This shrewd and probing book seeks to theorize shopping as an autonomous realm. It avoids the reductionist characteristics of economics and marketing. At the same time it avoids the moralizing tone of many contemporary discussions of shopping and consumption. The book uses an interdisciplinary resource base and comparative data to build-up a convincing analysis of the meaning of shopping

 

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Contents

Could Shopping Ever Really Matter?
31
Women the City and the Department Store
56
Supermarket Futures
92
The Making of a Swedish Department Store Culture
111
Shopping in the East Centre Mall
136
Shopping Pleasure and the Sex
166
Research on Shopping A Brief History and Selected Literature
186
Index
207
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Pasi Falk is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki

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