Mario Rodriguez (Penn): Sign Story: Shifting Discourse on "Signage" in Progressive Grocer Magazine, or the Supermarket Under Late Capitalism. A review of Tabloid Valley: Supermarket News and American Culture by Paula E. Morton. A review of Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress by Candacy A. Taylor. A review of Checkout: A Life on the Tills by Anna Sam. Shopped Out: The mall is dead, long live the mall. A review of Shoptimism by Lee Eisenberg. A review of Lauren Weber's In Cheap We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue (and more). A review of The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business by Nelson Lichtenstein and Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America by Lawrence B. Glickman (and more). Why we don't hate Wal-Mart anymore: The evil empire doesn't look so bad, now that Americans have Wall Street to kick around and a new appreciation for those everyday low prices. Localwashing: How corporate America is co-opting “local”. Built to Trash: Is "heirloom design" the cure for consumption? The first chapter from The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity by Russell Roberts. Critiquing capitalism and the relationship between consumer culture and power, Josephine Meckseper uses objects and images to express political dissent. A review of Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the United States-Mexico Borderlands. The Yard Sale: Among the things discovered on coming to the US: Americans' habit of selling stuff on their lawns. A review of Consumerism and the Co-operative Movement in Modern British History: Taking Stock.

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