I am once again teaching my senior seminar in consumer culture in early Anglo-America. I would like my students to get a sense of the "other side" of consumer culture; I am assigning an article on secondhand clothing, an article about a confidence man (Tom Bell), and Toby Ditz's "Shipwrecked." I would like to assign a chapter/article on shoplifting. I know about When Ladies Go A-Thieving. But I swear years ago I had my students read about shoplifting. Now I can't find it anywhere. I've searched JSTOR and online to no avail. Am I crazy?
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I’m researching the social history of tea among Indigenous peoples and European traders/settlers/explorers in Colonial Canada and am seeking historical references to the following:
Hi Patrick and Carma,
I'm actually just finalizing my new syllabus that uses 20th century American Craft Practices and Communities as the focus for an introductory course in American Studies. There is a lot of good stuff between the various areas of art and design, craft, DIY, and Maker Culture but I understand I can't make freshman read more than 30 academic pages a week. There is a nice treasure trove on craftivism in Utopian Studies V.22,i. 2 and I'd recommend several books:
I have two book suggestions:
Chris Anderson, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
Peter Marsh, The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production
Justine Boussard has reviewed these two books in this month's issue of Design and Culture, and her review would give you a sense of whether these provide books what you're looking for.
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