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I Want That!: How We All Became Shoppers

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Publisher Comments:

Shopping has a lot in common with sex.
Just about everybody does it.
Some people brag about how well they do it.
Some keep it a secret.
And both provide ample opportunities
to make foolish choices.

Choosing and using objects is a primal human activity, and I Want That! is nothing less than a portrait of humanity as the species that shops. It explores the history of acquisition — finding, choosing, spending — from our amber-coveting Neolithic forebears to Renaissance nobles who outfitted themselves for power to twenty-first-century bargain hunters looking for a good buy on eBay. I Want That! explores the minds of shoppers in the quest to nourish and feed fantasies, to define individuality, to provide for family, and to satisfy the needs for celebration, power, and choice — all of which lead us to malls, boutiques, websites, and superstores.

Synopsis:

“ Hine offers fresh insight into why we shop and how we are--in some ways--born to do so. A jaunty writer who breaks down an unwieldy topic in to a thoughtful cultural riff... Hine delivers a balanced and entertaining analysis of how we arrived at our shopping-drenched state, and what those ringing cash registers really say about us.”

About the Author

Thomas Hine, the author of four previous books, including Populuxe and The Total Package, is a writer on culture, history, and design. He is a columnist for Philadelphia Magazine and a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, Martha Stewart Living, Architectural Record, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. He Lives in Philadelphia.

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ISBN:
9780060959838
Subtitle:
How We All Became Shoppers
Author:
Hine, Thomas
Author:
by Thomas Hine
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Consumer Behavior - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20031014
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.00x5.28x.65 in. .45 lbs.

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