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Living It Up : Our Love Affair with Luxury.

Author: James B Twitchell
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Economic downturns and terrorist attacks notwithstanding, America's love affair with luxury continues unabated. Over the last several years, luxury spending in the United States has been growing four times faster than overall spending. It has been characterized by political leaders as vital to the health of the American economy as a whole, even as an act of patriotism. Accordingly, indices of consumer confidence and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Twitchell, James B.
Living It Up : Our Love Affair with Luxury.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James B Twitchell
ISBN: 9780231500562 0231500564
OCLC Number: 880899680
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Description: 1 online resource (329 pages)
Contents: Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Over the Top: Americans in the Lap of Luxury; 2. The Social Construction of Luxury: A Taxonomy of Taste; 3. Let's Go Shopping: The Streets of Material Dreams; 4. Where Opulence Is Made and Who Makes It: LVMH and Conde Nast; 5. How Luxury Becomes Necessity: The Work of Advertising; 6. From Shirts to Tulips: A Musing on Luxury; 7. Viva Las Vegas! A Strip of Luxury; 8. Still Learning from Las Vegas: How Luxury is Turning Religious; Conclusion: A (Mild) Defense of Luxury; Selected Bibliography; Index.
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Abstract:

Economic downturns and terrorist attacks notwithstanding, America's love affair with luxury continues unabated. Over the last several years, luxury spending in the United States has been growing four times faster than overall spending. It has been characterized by political leaders as vital to the health of the American economy as a whole, even as an act of patriotism. Accordingly, indices of consumer confidence and purchasing seem unaffected by recession. This necessary consumption of unnecessary items and services is going on at all but the lowest layers of society: J.C. Penney now offers da.
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