Reader for ER290-6 – Globalization, Consumer Culture & Environment


Jan 25-27 Global Change 1 – The Big Picture Waters: Globalization

Shiva, Vandana 1999 Diversity and Democracy: Resisting the Global Economy. Global Dialogue 1(1):19-30.

Burbach, R & W. Robinson 1999 The Fin de Siecle Debate: Globalization as Epochal Shift. Science & Society 63(1): 10-39.

Venkatesh, Alladi 1999 Postmodernism Perspectives for Macromarketing. Journal of Macromarketing 19(2):153-169.

Wilk, R. 1995 Learning to Be Local in Belize: Global Systems of Common Difference. MS.

Feb 1-10 Global Change 2 - Political Economy Korten: When Corporations Rule

Boyd-Barrett, Oliver 1999 Trends in World Communication. Global Dialogue 1(1): 56-69.

Taylor, Timothy 1997 Global Pop. Routledge: New York. Pp. 1-37.

Sassen, Saskia 1998 Globalization and Its Discontents. New Press: New York. "Introduction" and "Towards a Feminist Analytics of the Global Economy." Pp. Xix-xxxvi, 81-109.

Appadurai, A. 1990 Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy. Theory, Culture & Society 7:295-310.

Joy, Annamma and M. Wallendorf 1990 The Development of Consumer Culture in the Third World: Theories of Globalism and Localism. MS.

Feb 15-17 History of Modern Consumption Walvin: Fruits of Empire

Tenner, E. 1997 How the Chair Conquered the World. Whole Earth. Summer.

McCracken, G. 1986 Culture and Consumption. Journal of Consumer Research 13:71-84.

Williams, R. Dream Worlds: Mass Consumption in Late Nineteenth-Century France. Berkeley, University of California Press. Pp. 1-15.

Mintz, Sidney 1986 Sweetness and Power. Penguin: New York. Pp. 3-18.

Marx, Karl, Das Kapital, chapter one, "Commodities." Read online at

Feb 22-24 Consumption History and Morality Horowitz: Morality of Spending

Bataille, Georges 1991 The Accursed Share. Zone: New York. Pp. 19-41.

Duncombe, S. 1997 I've Seen the Future, and It's a Sony! In Frank, T. and M. Weiland, eds., Commodify Your Discontent. New York: WW Norton.

Frank, T. 1997 Let them Eat Lifestyle. Utne Reader, November-December. 43-49.

Ger, Guliz 1997 Human Development and Humane Consumption. Journal of Public Policy and Marketing 16(1)110-125.

Norberg-Hodge H. 1999 Consumer Monoculture: The Destruction of Tradition. Global Dialogue 1(1):70-77.

Mukherjee, Bharati 1999 Oh Isaac, Oh, Bernard, Oh, Mohan. In Consuming Desires, Roger Rosenblatt, ed., IslandPress: Washington DC. Pp. 73-85.

Douglas, Mary 1992 Why do People Want Goods? In S. Hargreaves and A. Ross, eds., Understanding the Enterprise Culture. Pp. 19-31.

Twitchell, James 1999 Lead us into Temptation. Columbia: New York. "Attention Kmart Shoppers" Pp. 21-49, and "But First, a Word from our Sponsors" Pp. 90-122..

Feb 29-March 9 Theories of Consumption Slater: Consumer Culture

Czikszentmihalyi, Mihaly 1993 Why We Need Things. In S. Lubar and W. Kingery eds., History from Things. Smithsonian: Washington DC. Pp. 20-29.

Morley, D. 1995 Theories of Consumption in Media Studies. In D. Miller, ed. Acknowledging Consumption. Routledge: New York. Pp. 296-328.

Fine, Ben 1995 From Political Economy to Consumption. In D. Miller, ed. Acknowledging Consumption. Routledge: New York. Pp. 127-163.

Orlove, Benjamin and Henry Rutz 1989 Thinking About Consumption: A Social Economy Approach. in The Social Economy of Consumption, Ben Orlove and Henry Rutz (eds.), University Press of America.

Wilk, Richard 1999 Towards a Useful Multigenic Theory of Consumption. MS.

Kopytoff, Igor 1992 The Cultural Biography of Things. In A. Appadurai, ed., The Social Life of Things. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 64-91.


March 14-16 Consumer Ethnography 1 Miller: A Theory of Shopping

Akin, M. 1996 Passionate Possession: The Formation of Private Collections. In W. D. Kingery ed., Learning From Things. Smithsonian: Washington DC. Pp. 102-128.

Pahl, Jan 1995 His Money, Her Money. Journal of Economic Psychology 16(1995):361-376.

Whitehead, Ann "I'm Hungry Mum." 1981 In Young, Kate, Carol Wolkowitz and Roslyn McCullagh, eds., Of Marriage and Market: Women's Subordination in International Perspective. London: CSE Books. Pp. 88-111.

March 5-12 Consumer Ethnography 2 Burke: Lifebuoy Men

Mills, Mary 1997 Contesting the Margins of Modernity: Women, Migration, and Consumption in Thailand. American Ethnologist 24(1):37-61.

Foster, Robert 1999 The Commercial Construction of "New Nations." Journal of Material Culture 4(3):263-282.

April 4-13 Consumption Environment Linkage Durning: How Much is Enough?

McKibben, Bill 1999 Consuming Nature. In Consuming Desires, Roger Rosenblatt, ed., Island Press: Washington DC. Pp. 87-95.

Wilhite, H. and L. Lutzenhiser 1997 Social Loading and Sustainable Consumption. Paper presented at the ECEEE Summer Study, Prague.

Schneider, Jane 1994 In and Out of Polyester. Anthropology Today 10(4):2-10.

Friends of the Earth Netherlands ND Sustainable Consumption: A Global Perspective. FOE Discussion Paper.

Keyfitz, Nathan 1998 Consumption and Population. In D. Crocker and T. Linden, eds., Ethics of Consumption. Rowman and Littlefield: Lanham MD. Pp. 476-500.

April 2-9 Activism and Consumer Policy Dominguez: Money or Life

Etzioni, Amitai 1998 Voluntary Simplicity: Characterization, Select Psychological Implications, and Societal Consequences. Journal of Economic Psychology 19:619-643.

Sanne, Christer 1998 The (im?)possibility of Sustainable Lifestyles – Can We Trust the Public Opinion and Plan for Reduced Consumption? MS.

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