Point of Purchase by Sharon Zukin
How Shopping Changed American Culture

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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.

About Sharon Zukin

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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.
Published October 16, 2003 by Routledge. 336 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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For many people, Zukin writes, shopping isn't simply a transaction, but an experience:""We dream of shopping for beauty, truth and perfection, and if we do not shop for a perfect society, at least we shop for a perfect self."" She believes that the noblest aspect of shopping is finding a communit...

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Carrie is the quintessential New York shopper, and as such she could be the subject of Sharon Zukin's Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture.

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