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This book offers a history and cultural analysis of the supermarket and of everyday shopping in twentieth-century Australia. It discusses the rise of the supermarket in the United States and Britain, and its eventual emergence in Australia in the 1960s. This is contrasted with the demise of the counter service grocery store. As well, the views of shoppers in Australia toward the "new" supermarkets are documented through the use of oral history. More broadly, the book involves a critical discussion of what it means to live in a consumer society and of the work of cultural analysts on consumption.Read more
- International focus - discusses the supermarket in Australia, the US and the UK
- Carefully argued and politically engaged analysis of consumption and its 'critique'
- Interdisciplinary approach combining history, cultural studies and ethnography
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- Date Published: July 1998
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521626309
- length: 282 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.42kg
- contains: 13 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Emergent Cultures:
1. The discovery of the consumer
2. Really modern retailing
Part II. New Worlds:
3. Engineering the shop
4. She likes to look
5. Tomorrow's shop today
6. Living the transformation
Part III. Familiar Places:
7. Magic futures
8. Strangers in paradise
9. Theory without footnotes
10. Towards the exit.
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