A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in by Lizabeth Cohen

By Lizabeth Cohen

During this sign paintings of background, Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lizabeth Cohen exhibits how the pursuit of prosperity after global conflict II fueled our pervasive shopper mentality and reworked American life.

Trumpeted as a method to advertise the final welfare, mass intake quick outgrew its financial targets and have become synonymous with patriotism, social equality, and the yankee Dream. fabric items got here to embrace the promise of the United States, and the ability of customers to buy every little thing from vacuum cleaners to convertibles gave upward thrust to the ability of electorate to buy political effect and impact social swap. but regardless of indisputable successes and remarkable affluence, mass intake additionally fostered monetary inequality and the fracturing of society alongside gender, type, and racial strains. In charting the advanced legacy of our “Consumers’ Republic” Lizabeth Cohen has written a daring, encompassing, and profoundly influential booklet.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America PDF

Best business books

The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think

Within the 3 ideas, Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed convey a transparent recipe for stronger functionality over the lengthy term.

Pilots be aware of the expression "takeoffs are non-compulsory; landings are necessary. " It signifies that regardless of how excessive, speedy, or some distance you fly, you'll come again down. For the main half, an analogous will be stated of company functionality - yet a number of businesses may be able to bring more advantageous functionality consistently.

Leading information analysts Raynor and Ahmed carried out a five-year examine to variety via mountains of knowledge and establish 18 businesses who've actually remarkable lifetime performance.

They came upon that good fortune derives from how executives make offerings round 3 key parts: fee, place, and endurance. the 3 principles will permit leaders in companies of any sort to make the tough offerings that force long term success.

When the strain is on and the evidence are ambiguous, you must recognize what works almost always for the main profitable businesses. Raynor and Ahmed carry a transparent recipe for greater functionality over the lengthy term.

Michael E. Raynor is a Director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, the place he explores the demanding situations of company process, innovation and development with consumers in a couple of assorted industries. he's the coauthor, with Clayton Christensen, of the bestselling booklet The Innovator's answer, and the writer of the seriously acclaimed the tactic Paradox and The Innovator's Manifesto.

Mumtaz Ahmed is an engineer and accountant who works within the procedure & Operations provider division of Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition is Reshaping Global Markets

This present day, time is the innovative. actually, as a strategic weapon, contend George Stalk, Jr. , and Thomas M. Hout, time is the identical of cash, productiveness, caliber, even innovation. during this path-breaking e-book dependent upon ten years of analysis, the authors argue that the methods best businesses deal with time--in construction, in new product improvement, and in revenues and distribution--represent the main robust new resources of aggressive virtue.

Firm Size and the Business Environment: Worldwide Survey Results

The advance of the small and medium firm region is thought to be the most important for financial progress and poverty relief. those that search to increase the field needs to consent with the final notion that small- and medium-scale organizations are at a drawback in comparison with better agencies. This paper attracts on a brand new inner most area survey protecting eighty international locations and one territory to review the query no matter if enterprise stumbling blocks are regarding company measurement.

Extra resources for A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America

Example text

Candra had the gift of being able to make people like her. Often they answered questions she asked when it would be much smarter if they didn’t. Gwenda settled next to Maya on the couch. She was watching Candra, too. “She lurks. She looms,” she said. ” “She wants to find out all about you,” Maya said. “Oh, dear,” said Gwenda. ” Gwenda fingered the round, engraved stones of her charm bracelet. She strokes the power in them, Rimi thought. Different colors. Can you show me? Maya wondered. Hmm, thought Rimi.

Not like this. Tell me when you want to see it like this, and I’ll help you. Thanks, Rimi. Maya thought about the drawings she’d work on when she got home. She had several sketch pads hidden in her room. Some she could share with her family, and others were private studies just for herself, and a few others were things she wanted to show the Janus House people. She was still finding images in her mind from Rimi’s first bondmate, Bikos, who had died just as school began. When she could, she drew pictures of Bikos’s memories.

Helen whispered to Maya. “I’m kind of vague on the details, but I just got an idea. ” “Last year I was a robot,” muttered Helen. “I loved making that costume! ” Ms. Caras rapped on her desk with a yardstick. Today she was wearing her green cat’s-eye glasses and a green dress with white dots, and she had her dark curls tied up but not completely subdued at the back of her neck. “Okay, kids,” she said. “This week we’re going to write ghost stories! I want you to think about and practice generating suspense, so we’ll start with a few exercises about that today, and I’ll give you a list of vocabulary words to include in your story.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.88 of 5 – based on 45 votes