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Point of Purchase How Shopping Changed American Culture

by Sharon Zukin

Point of Purchase How Shopping Changed American Culture Synopsis

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.

Point of Purchase How Shopping Changed American Culture Press Reviews

Sharon Zukin avoids cliches, never ducks an argument, and digs out unfamiliar facts. The result is a brilliant and unsettling essay. - Richard Sennett, London School of Economics

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415950435
Publication date: 7th April 2005
Author: Sharon Zukin
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 336 pages
Categories: Population & demography, Urban communities, Popular culture,

About 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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