American Consumer Culture
For many Americans in the 20th century, consumer goods came to embody the promise of the "good life." Yet mass consumption also fostered economic, political, and social inequalities and engendered anti-consumerist activism. In this course we will pursue an interdisciplinary approach to American consumer culture, focusing on the rise of commercialized leisure and advertising; the role of radio, television, and film in shaping consumer practices; and the relationship of consumerism to social inequality and democratic citizenship. Readings will include works by Veblen, Marcuse, Bordieu, Marchand, Cohen, and Schor. 3 hrs. lect.
- Spring 2013
- Axinn Center 229(AXN 229)
- 12:15pm-1:30pm on Monday, Wednesday (Feb 11, 2013 to May 13, 2013)
- Holly Allen
- American Studies
- Program in American Studies
- Requirements Fulfilled:
- HIS NOR
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