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I Want That!: How We All Became Shoppers By Thomas Hine,

  • Title: I Want That!: How We All Became Shoppers
  • Author: Thomas Hine
  • ISBN: 9780060959838
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 acquisiShopping 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.
    I Want That How We All Became Shoppers 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 Choosin

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    1. Fascinating view into the social and cultural history and meaning of shopping and objects Light and short enough to educate while entertaining.

    2. A great interdisciplinary overview of shopping and consumption I love microhistories and material culture books such as this My one critique is at points it seemed to fall into the nostalgia trap of how we used to shop is better than the convenience of now, blah, blah a bit romantic for my tastes there.

    3. As one who shops as little as possible, I went into this book expecting at least a sprinkling of anti shopping grist I didn t find that at all In fact, I found the opposite Hines asserts early on in the book that shopping is an activity in our genes It is, at once, an expression of power an often burdensome, yet fulfilling responsibility and, perhaps, most importantly, an expression of freedom and identity I expected early on that I would not enjoy reading this book.Yet as I continued to read, I [...]

    4. I felt like reading a book that included the influence of culture in consumer psychology This book definitely delivered with some interesting tidbits as well.XIV Intro Being a good consumer is an important part of being a grown up in contemporary society, especially for women Learning to shop is a rite of passage to contemporary adulthood Ch 1 Power the use of objects to assert authority and prove your worth power to choose, independence p.5 the exchange of gifts people establish connections and [...]

    5. In his book Populuxe 1986 , Thomas Hine provided a lively autopsy of that 1950s 60s period of huge, finned autos, Mid Century Modern furniture and living arrangements, turquoise and pink kitchen surfaces the postwar period when America dominated every category of manufacturing, marketing and consumption, and our economy was in high gear Resource wasteful in every mechanism for individual expression, and blissfully unaware of it I Want That How We Became Shoppers is a concise summary of how shopp [...]

    6. I Want That is a surprisingly readable and entertaining treatise on shopping It s a history book with humor an insight into a very basic human activity Author Thomas Hine also explores how sales tactics and marketing emerged over time, drawing and shoppers into the web that is the market place.Though it was published over a decade ago, the author is already familiar with online shopping and the invasion of privacy issues that soon follow He also explores the economic impact of Christmas and ho [...]

    7. I wish there was an option to give half stars My rating would rest soundly between two and three stars It was okay, but it wasn t great.Like some other reviewers here pointed out, there are no great revelations in this book But I m not sure that it s been marketed as some grand revelatory read I enjoyed Hine s meditation on how the modern shopper came to be And even though there s no central thesis, there are several themes that interested me quite a bit The best part was the constant stream of [...]

    8. This book explains the human desire to acquire and select goods, tracing it back to when cave men hunted wild game and women gathered roots It explained this in the very first chapter, which I found fascinating, but the book got progressively less interesting to me as I continued to read.

    9. Fun, but not as good as Populuxe It would make a nice enrichment reading for a history of ancient culture course as Hine addresses the anthropology of objects and their acquisition.

    10. I sorta just skimmed that last half Not that interesting to me Normally I m a fan of Thomas Hine but this book wasn t my fav.

    11. Didn t read enough of it to say I read it in 2008, had some interesting parts but got repetitive and boring too often.

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