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Publisher Comments:

A revealing look at shopping, consumerism, and mall design in America.

Book News Annotation:

Shopping malls have become a central aspect of American life and thus interrogating malls and mall practices provides us with a key window into contemporary American society and culture. Recognizing this fact, Farrell (history and American studies, St. Olaf College) presents 14 essays exploring a wide variety of topics surrounding the way Americans experience malls, generally maintaining a focus on the practices of larger regional, superregional, and megamalls, as they dominate the imagery of shopping centers. He explores how malls are designed; the esthetic, political, and ethical narratives that are expressed in malls, shopping practices and other mall experiences; and a range of other topics, expressing the view that, while there may be "good among the goods," malls are still an expression of a negative cluster of values that leads to a commercial culture that characterizes Americans as mainly consumers. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

James Farrell is professor of history and director of the American Studies program at St. Olaf College. He is the author of Inventing the American Way of Death, 1830-1920 and The Spirit of the Sixties: Making Postwar Radicalism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588342928
Subtitle:
Malls and the Seductions of American Shopping
Publisher:
Smithsonian Books
Author:
Farrell, James J.
Subject:
Retailing
Subject:
Business Writing
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100706
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x .75 in 1.0625 lb

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