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Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption

Laura J. Miller

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226525907
eISBN:
9780226525921
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226525921.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Organizations

Over the past half-century, bookselling, like many retail industries, has evolved from an arena dominated by independent bookstores to one in which chain stores have significant market share. And as ... More


Pursuing the Citizen-Consumer: Consumption as Politics

Laura J. Miller

in Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226525907
eISBN:
9780226525921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226525921.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Organizations

This chapter examines how some people outside the ranks of book professionals have taken action against the spread of large-scale, rationalized bookselling in the U.S. It looks at the activism on the ... More


Serving the Entertained Consumer: The Multifunction Bookstore

Laura J. Miller

in Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226525907
eISBN:
9780226525921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226525921.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Organizations

This chapter focuses on the history of multifunction bookstore in the U.S. designed to entertain customers. This trend was pioneered by independent bookstores in the 1980s and later reproduced by ... More


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