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Shopping Experience

by Falk P and Campbell C SAGE Publications Ltd
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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. The situation 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 aims to avoid the reductionism characteristics of economics and marketing. At the same time it aims to avoid 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 today. The book includes chapters by Mary Douglas on the importance of shopping; Daniel Miller on the cultural and theoretical significance of shopping; Mica Nava on women, the city and the department store; Rachel Bowlby on supermarket futures; Cecilia Fredriksson on the cultural construction of shopping; Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen and Pasi M[um]aenp[um]a[um]a on the ethnography of shopping; Colin Campbell on shopping, pleasure and the sex war; and Pasi Falk on the `scopic' regimes of shopping. The book also contains an appendix which gives a brief history and selected literature of shopping.The book provides the first comprehensive overview of the modern phenomenon of shopping. As such it should be essential reading for students and researchers working in the fields of sociology, cultural studies and anthropology.

Introduction - Colin Campbell and Pasi Falk In Defence of Shopping - Mary Douglas Could Shopping Ever Really Matter? - Daniel Miller Modernity's Disavowal - Mica Nava Women, the City and the Department Store Supermarket Futures - Rachel Bowlby The Making of a Swedish Department Store Culture - Cecilia Fredriksson Shopping in the East Centre Mall - Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen and Pasi Maenpaa Shopping, Pleasure and the Sex War - Colin Campbell and Paul Hewer The Scopic Regimes of Shopping - Pasi Falk Appendix: Research on Shopping - Paul Hewer and Colin Campbell A Brief History and Selected Literature

Pasi Falk is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki