Publisher: Faber and Faber
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Asserting that a history of shopping has been, until recently, a history of women, Bowlby trains her eye on the evolution of the modern shopper. She examines the curious history of our ideas about women and consumption -- from the glamorous nineteenth-century department store to our own functionalist superstores, using a compelling blend of history, literary analysis, and cultural criticism to explore the rise of department stores and supermarkets in the United States, France, and Great Britain.