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Urge to Splurge: A Social History of Shopping
Laura Byrne Paquet (au)
People used to haggle in bazaars. Now we buy collectibles on the world wide web. Shopping has changed as human civilizations have changed -- but is the urge to splurge the same? Here is a look at the history & psychology of one of our oldest pursuits. From the Silk Road spice trade to modern-day grocery stores & malls, Paquet gives us a tour of all types of shopping. Meet the individuals who shaped retail as we know it today -- Charles C. Boycott, Jackie Kennedy, & the Duchess of Devonshire among them. Learn about the strategies that drive shopping space design, the hidden messages behind wedding gifts, & why women shop better in pairs. If you thought that “retail therapy” & “fashion victim” were recent concepts, you’ll soon learn otherwise.
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