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Consumerism : As a Way of Life

0761952152


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Book Description
This book provides an introduction to the historical and theoretical foundations of consumerism. It then moves on to examine the experience of consumption in the areas of space and place, technology, fashion, `popular' music and sport. Throughout, the author brings a critical perspective to bear upon the subject, thus providing a reliable and stimulating guide to a complex and many-sided field.


Confessions of a Shopaholic
Sophie Kinsella
0440241413
November 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
If you've ever paid off one credit card with another, thrown out a bill before opening it, or convinced yourself that buying at a two-for-one sale is like making money, then this silly, appealing novel is for you. In the opening pages of Confessions of a Shopaholic, recent college graduate Rebecca Bloomwood is offered a hefty line of credit by a London bank. Within a few months, Sophie Kinsella's heroine has exceeded the limits of this generous offer, and begins furtively to scan her credit-card bills at work, certain that she couldn't have spent the reported sums.

In theory anyway, the world of finance shouldn't be a mystery to Rebecca, since she writes for a magazine called Successful Saving. Struggling with her spendthrift impulses, she tries to heed the advice of an expert and appreciate life's cheaper pleasures:...



Consumerism
David A. Aaker
0029001005
Feb 1983
Hardcover
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Confessions of a Shopaholic
Sophie Kinsella
0385335482
February 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
If you've ever paid off one credit card with another, thrown out a bill before opening it, or convinced yourself that buying at a two-for-one sale is like making money, then this silly, appealing novel is for you. In the opening pages of Confessions of a Shopaholic, recent college graduate Rebecca Bloomwood is offered a hefty line of credit by a London bank. Within a few months, Sophie Kinsella's heroine has exceeded the limits of this generous offer, and begins furtively to scan her credit-card bills at work, certain that she couldn't have spent the reported sums.

In theory anyway, the world of finance shouldn't be a mystery to Rebecca, since she writes for a magazine called Successful Saving. Struggling with her spendthrift impulses, she tries to heed the advice of an expert and appreciate life's cheaper pleasures:...



Encyclopedia for the New American Century : Understanding Verbalizations in this New Age of Empire, Mythology and Consumerism.
R.B. Vineyard
0595386970
March 1, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Has the New American Century has started without you? Get with it! It's time for everyone to get in line and join in the new unity and spirit of uni-partisanship--or else! The first step in knowing what's expected of you is to understand the language of dittoheadedness, neo-conformism, neo-speak and good old ass kissing of the properly imposed authorities. You might as well join up because if you don't, you're against it and that makes you a terrorist. The smart thing to do is to go meekly with the flow, for the meek shall inherit the earth!
That's right--it's time to forget everything you thought you knew and submit to the current rewrite of history, the new logic and the proper way to think. Do as you're told and everything you do will glorify the New American Century and the heroic, fearless leaders who...


Consumerism
David A. Aaker
0029001501
Feb 1982
Paperback
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Review
Journal of Business Education...comprehensive and clear...invaluable to the person who wishes to get an overview of the subject...a well-balanced fare for the person who wants...a complete and a total unbiased understanding of consumption.
Journal of MarketingAlthough a number of consumerism or social marketing books have been published in the last few years, this collection...justifiably continues to be one of the most widely used sources in the field...Logically organized, timely, and...thought-provoking....
Journal of Consumer Affairs...presents enough material to serve as a major text for a college course...deals with the problem areas from more than one point of view....avoids the moralistic or 'side of the angels' tone that pervades so much of the consumer literature. It has a further advantage in that the...


Strategies for the New Health Care Marketplace: Managing the Convergence of Consumerism & Technology
Dean C. Coddington, et al
0787955930
February 8, 2001
Hardcover
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Review
"As incrementalism ends and a quantum jump to the future begins, this book is a good place to visit." —Don Arnwine, former president, VHA, and vice president, McManis Consultants, Dallas, Texas

"Comprehensive, reflective, analytical, thought provoking, insightful, and futuristic are all appropriate descriptors of Strategies for the New Health Care Marketplace." —Ray W. Uhlhorn, president and CEO, MossRehab Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"There is much about the book that is unsettling. There are no global answers, but there are numerous insights and options for those seeking the right questions to pursue in developing new strategies. Therein lies its value for those of us who could use some help out of the bog." —Roger L. Gilbertson, from the Foreword

"Health care...



Shopaholic and Sister
Sophie Kinsella
0385336829
August 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
England is a land of plentiful shopping opportunities and colorful regional accents, and actress Kellgren nails the latter in her charming rendition of Kinsella's newest Shopaholic novel. Just home from her honeymoon, Becky Bloomwood, now the wealthy wife of Luke Brandon, learns she has a long-lost half-sister. The news delights Becky, who fantasizes about late-night sisterly chats and shared cappuccinos. But Jess turns out to be not at all what Becky expected. In a dour Cumbrian accent that contrasts deliciously with Becky's posh inflections, Jess berates Becky for her irresponsibility and belittles her addiction to shopping. Their verbal battles leave little hope for reconciliation, until serious marital troubles brought on by Becky's shopping habit find her turning to Jess for guidance. Things get worse before...


The Conquest of Cool
Thomas Frank
0226259919
Dec 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
In his book-length essay The Conquest of Cool, Thomas Frank explores the ways in which Madison Avenue co-opted the language of youthful '60s rebellion. It is "the story," Frank writes, "of the bohemian cultural style's trajectory from adversarial to hegemonic; the story of hip's mutation from native language of the alienated to that of advertising." This appropriation had wide-ranging consequences that deeply transformed our culture--consequences that linger in the form of '90s "hip consumerism." (Think of Nike using the song "Revolution" to sell sneakers, or Coca-Cola using replicas of Ken Kesey's bus to peddle Fruitopia.) This is no simplistic analysis of how the counterculture "sold out" to big business. Instead, Frank shows how the counterculture and...


The Conquest of Cool
Thomas Frank
0226260127
Dec 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
In his book-length essay The Conquest of Cool, Thomas Frank explores the ways in which Madison Avenue co-opted the language of youthful '60s rebellion. It is "the story," Frank writes, "of the bohemian cultural style's trajectory from adversarial to hegemonic; the story of hip's mutation from native language of the alienated to that of advertising." This appropriation had wide-ranging consequences that deeply transformed our culture--consequences that linger in the form of '90s "hip consumerism." (Think of Nike using the song "Revolution" to sell sneakers, or Coca-Cola using replicas of Ken Kesey's bus to peddle Fruitopia.) This is no simplistic analysis of how the counterculture "sold out" to big business. Instead, Frank shows how the counterculture and...


Can You Keep a Secret
Sophie Kinsella
0385338082
March 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Things are suddenly starting to look up for the hapless but optimistic Emma Corrigan. She has kept her job at Panther Cola for nearly a year, has the perfect boyfriend and hopes for a promotion to marketing executive should her first opportunity to strut her stuff and land a business deal be successful. Unfortunately, things don't go quite as planned, and on her unusually turbulent return flight from a disappointing client meeting, in a terrified state, she confesses her innermost secrets to the good-looking stranger sitting beside her. When she shows up at work the next morning, she is horrified to discover that her mystery man is none other than the revered and brilliant Jack Harper, American CEO of Panther Cola, on a weeklong visit to the company's U.K. branch. Thus begins a series of chaotic, emotionally...


Desegregating the Dollar: African American Consumerism in the Twentieth Century
Robert E. Weems
0814793274
January 1998
Paperback
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From Booklist
Are African Americans better off now . . . ? This seemingly inevitable question has only one frustrating but accurate answer: Yes and no. Weems, a history professor at the University of Missouri^-Columbia, explores the conundrum by tracing a century's change in African Americans' lives and finances as a special case in the consumerization of American society. After two chapters on the first 60 years of this century, Weems sketches the history of African American consumer activism (through the 1964 Civil Rights Act) and moves on to four chapters on the past four decades. Weems' unique contribution may be interviews with members and former members of a group of black marketing and public relations specialists, the National Association of Market Developers, who have had an inside view of corporate America's ethnic...


Paper or Plastic
Rita J. Erickson
0275957667
July 1997
Hardcover
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Review
“This slim and delightfully written volume nicely indexes the maturation of sociological and anthropological inquiry into matters of environmental degradation and preservation.”–Community
“The study provides detailed data based on in-depth interviews, surveys, consumer logs, and observation of similar households in two small towns-Munka Ljungby in Sweden and Foley in Minnesota. These data collectively demonstrate potential difficulties encountered in attempting to effect long-term behavioral changes....These results should be interesting to consumer behaviorists, energy providers, and energy policy makers alike....Overall, the book is very informative and does an excellent job presenting the attitudes and behaviors that lead consumers in making energy choices. Energy policy-makers, as well as other...


Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
0142000663
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
When The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939, America, still recovering from the Great Depression, came face to face with itself in a startling, lyrical way. John Steinbeck gathered the country's recent shames and devastations--the Hoovervilles, the desperate, dirty children, the dissolution of kin, the oppressive labor conditions--in the Joad family. Then he set them down on a westward-running road, local dialect and all, for the world to acknowledge. For this marvel of observation and perception, he won the Pulitzer in 1940.

The prize must have come, at least in part, because alongside the poverty and dispossession, Steinbeck chronicled the Joads' refusal, even inability, to let go of their faltering but unmistakable hold on human dignity. Witnessing their degeneration from Oklahoma farmers to a diminished band of...



Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic
Daniel Harris
0306810476
Apr 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
From his perch somewhere in Brooklyn, New York, essayist Daniel Harris launches a loquacious jeremiad against the way in which consumerism and its ideologies have insinuated themselves into our sense of self. Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic is a critical examination of the everyday things that surround us--from washing machines to vitamin supplements, reproduction antiques to supermodels. Taking aim at cuteness, quaintness, coolness, the romantic, zaniness, the futuristic, deliciousness, the natural, glamorousness, and cleanness, he seeks to expose just how tangled is the web we have woven, his goal being to show "how the aesthetics of consumerism are the lies we tell ourselves to preserve our individuality." Buying a four-by-four does not make us roughriders or adventurers, despite the names such vehicles bear. We know...


Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
Sophie Kinsella
0440241812
March 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The world is a different place since Helen Fielding triumphed on both sides of the Atlantic, but the torrent of benignly self-indulgent Bridget Jones's Diary knockoffs has not subsided. In this sequel to Kinsella's bestselling Confessions of a Shopaholic, Becky Bloomwood, a personal finance "expert" with her own TV show, is more of a financial mess than ever: she can't stop shopping, even though she can't afford anything. She's even assigned her flatmate, Suze, to monitor her spending, but to no avail: Becky is full of cute rationalizations, like "Foreign money doesn't count, so you can spend as much as you like," and can't stop herself from sneaking into posh boutiques. Her work-obsessed boyfriend, Luke, runs a financial PR agency, and when he gets the green light to open an office in New York City, he brings...


Consumerism in World History: The Global Transformation of Desire (Themes in World History)
Peter Stearns
0415395860
May 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
The desire to acquire luxury goods and leisure services is a basic force in modern life. Consumerism in World History explores both the historical origins and world-wide appeal of this relatively modern phenomenon. By relating consumerism to other issues in world history, this book forces reassessment of our understanding of both consumerism and global history.
This second edition of Consumerism in World History draws on recent research of the consumer experience in the West and Japan, while also examining societies less renowned for consumerism, such as Africa. Ever chapter has been updated and new features include:
· A new chapter on Latin America
· Russian and Chinese developments since the 1990s
· the changes involved in trying to bolster consumerism as a response to recent...


The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism
Colin Campbell
1904623336
June 2005
Paperback
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Blank Fictions
James Annesley
0312215355
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
The "Blank Fiction" of young American writers such as Dennis Cooper, Lynne Tillman, Bret Easton Ellis and Susanna Moore represents a shift away from the postwar obsession with dense plots, political subject matter and academic philosophizing. These writers appear to value superficiality over complexity, mass culture over high culture and youth over experience. In the first scholarly critique of blank fiction, James Annesley assesses a wide range of recent American writing and identifies their principal unifying characteristics. Challenging conventional postmodernist approaches, Annesley reveals the dynamic of blank writing to be tied to the dominant economic forces of contemporary capitalism. This contextual analysis concentrates on the relationship between blank fiction and consumerism and positions the writing within...


Letters to Wendy's
Joe Wenderoth
0970367201
December 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
What kind of person is inspired by a fast-food restaurant? If this new book is any indication, it's one who is by turns worshipful, disturbing and just plain weird. Conceived as a series of comment cards to a local Wendy's, this unconventional fiction chronicles the life (or lack thereof) of an unnamed narrator who spends his days drinking oversize sodas and contemplating the meaning of the fast-food icon. In his more lucid moments, the narrator imagines Wendy's as a cradle-to-grave institution, supplying IV nourishment for a person's last days in the form of "liquid fries." He also posits that Wendy's would serve well as a site for state-sponsored executions, providing both the correct quality of light and an abundance of refreshments. He's just as likely, however, to devolve into soft-porn daydreams involving...


Work, Consumerism and the New Poor
Zygmunt Bauman
0335201555
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
"It will be of great interest and value to students, teachers and researchers in sociology and social policy; but it would be good if it were to be read by politicians, journalists and the person in the street too.... It is not possible to convey all the richness and subtlety of Bauman's argument in a short review... [It] provides a very forceful and sophisticated statement of the case; and a very well written one too... As a wide ranging analysis of our present discontents it is an admirable example of the sort of challenge which sociology at its best can offer to us and our fellow citizens to re-assess and re-think our current social arrangements."
Work, Employment and Society

"This is a stylish and persuasive analysis of the transition between the age of the 'society of producers' to that of the 'society of...



Consumerism in World History (Themes in World History)
Peter Stearns
0415244099
July 3, 2001
Paperback
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Review
...a lucid, insightful and highly readable discussion on the rise and nature of consumerist society...illuminating... provides an excellent foundation for further research...an excellent introduction to the study of consumerism in world history, and a highly recommended read for anyone interested in the subject- Jasmine Aimaq, Department of History, University of Southern California.This is an excellent introduction to what is increasingly recognized as a major theme, or institution of world history...The book is an outstanding example of its genre.S.A.M. Adshead, The International History Review.

Book Description
The desire to acquire luxury goods and leisure services is a basic force in modern life. Consumerism in World History explores both the historical origins and worldwide...


The Way We Live Now (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Anthony Trollope
1593083041
August 2005
Paperback
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Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk
0393039765
August 1996
Hardcover
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Book Review
The only person who gets called Ballardesque more often than Chuck Palahniuk is, well... J.G. Ballard. So, does Portland, Oregon's "torchbearer for the nihilistic generation" deserve that kind of treatment? Yes and no. There is a resemblance between Fight Club and works such as Crash and Cocaine Nights in that both see the innocuous mundanities of everyday life as nothing more than the severely loosened cap on a seething underworld cauldron of unchecked impulse and social atrocity. Welcome to the present-day U.S. of A. As Ballard's characters get their jollies from staging automobile accidents, Palahniuk's yuppies unwind from a day at the office by organizing bloodsport rings and selling soap to fund anarchist overthrows. Let's just say that neither of these guys are going to be called in to do a Full House script rewrite...


Work, Consumerism and the New Poor
Zygmunt Bauman
033521598X
Dec 2004
Paperback
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Book Description

From one of today's most eminent thinkers--a piercing examination of poverty in the modern age

If "being poor" once derived its meaning from the condition of being unemployed, today it draws its meaning primarily from the plight of a flawed consumer. This distinction truly makes a difference in the way poverty is experienced and in the chances to redeem its misery.

This absorbing book traces this change, and makes an inventory of its social consequences. It also considers ways of fighting back advancing poverty and mitigating its hardships, and tackles the problems of poverty in its present form.

The new edition features: Up-to-date coverage of the progress made by key thinkers in the field A discussion of recent work on redundancy, disposability, and exclusion Explorations of new theories of...



Creating the New Egyptian Woman : Consumerism, Education, and National Identity, 1863-1922
Mona Russell
1403962626
November 13, 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"Mona Russell makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the complex ways modernization affected changes in the status and behavior of urban women in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Egypt. She demonstrates with mounds of archival evidence that the critical forces shaping the New Woman were consumerism and education. Her nuanced examination of the impact of textbooks on women's education is especially original and enlightening. One crucial theme that Russell weaves throughout her book is the way new and old ideas and institutions persisted side by side for as long as they did, sometimes harmoniously but often not. Whether she belonged to the upper class or the middle class, the New Woman found herself locked into class that was caught in-between the new and the old. I highly recommend Creating the New...


Work, Consumerism, And The New Poor
Zygmunt Bauman
0335215998
Dec 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description

From one of today's most eminent thinkers--a piercing examination of poverty in the modern age

If "being poor" once derived its meaning from the condition of being unemployed, today it draws its meaning primarily from the plight of a flawed consumer. This distinction truly makes a difference in the way poverty is experienced and in the chances to redeem its misery.

This absorbing book traces this change, and makes an inventory of its social consequences. It also considers ways of fighting back advancing poverty and mitigating its hardships, and tackles the problems of poverty in its present form.

The new edition features: Up-to-date coverage of the progress made by key thinkers in the field A discussion of recent work on redundancy, disposability, and exclusion Explorations of new theories of...



Shopaholic Ties the Knot
Sophie Kinsella
0385336179
March 2003
Paperback
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From Booklist
Another entertaining entry in Kinsella's unabashedly fluffy Shopaholic series. Life could not get any better for Becky Bloomwood, the irresistibly daft heroine of Confessions of a Shopaholic (2001) and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (2002). She has managed to parlay her personal and professional passions into a dream job as a personal shopper at Barney's, and she and her wildly successful boyfriend live a life of relative peace and prosperity in Manhattan's West Village. Well, at least they would if Becky could manage to curb her extravagant spending habits a bit. When Luke finally pops the question, a euphoric Becky manages to entangle herself in another rather sticky predicament. Becky's cozy mum back in England has planned a homespun wedding for her only daughter on the same day for which Luke's frosty...


Mindfulness in the Marketplace : Compassionate Responses to Consumerism
Allan Hunt Badiner, Julia Butterfly Hill
1888375248
September 9, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This collection of essays edited by Allan Hunt Badiner shows us how to look deeply into the items we consume every day—not only food, but clothes, media, ideas, and images. Right Consumption suggests a reorientation for consumers from passive purchasers, who willingly and uncritically accept advertising messages for toxic products, to active, mindful, and responsible citizens who see the dynamic connection between their purchases and their values. This results in effects compatible with healthy and enduring human, animal, and plant life. Contributors include Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Judith Simmer-Brown, Fritjof Capra, Joan Halifax Roshi, Joanna Macy, Riane Eisler, and Paul Hawken.


Principles of Health Care Management: Compliance Consumerism and Accountability in the 21st Century
Seth B. Goldsmith
0763732435
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This comprehensive title addresses critical changes and challenges in health care management, using relevant case studies to illustrate key points.

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