43.301 The World of Things: Consumer Cultures in the Modern West

The World of Things: Consumer Cultures in the Modern West

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5257
Status Active

This course will examine the emergence and historical impact of consumer cultures in the modern West, from the eighteenth century through the present. Topics to be covered will include the emergence of spaces of consumption (the home, the commercial/spectacular metropolis, the department store, the shopping mall, the tourist site), changing attitudes toward shopping and spending, the construction of modern social identities of class, gender, generation and race through consumption, and political struggles over consumption.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 43.106 The Modern World or the permission of the instructor.