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Selling Out or Buying In? [electronic resource] : Debating Consumerism in Vancouver and Victoria, 1945-1985 / Michael Dawson.

Author/Creator:
Dawson, Michael, author.
Publication:
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
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Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Consumer behavior -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History -- 20th century.
Consumer behavior -- British Columbia -- Victoria -- History -- 20th century.
Consumption (Economics) -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History -- 20th century.
Consumption (Economics) -- British Columbia -- Victoria -- History -- 20th century.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Until the late 1950s residents of Vancouver and Victoria negotiated a shopping landscape that would be unrecognizable to today's consumers: most stores were closed for at least half the day on Wednesdays, prevented from opening during the evenings, and were banned from operating on Sundays. Since that decade, however, British Columbians, and Canadians generally, have made significant strides in gaining greater and easier access to consumer goods. Selling Out or Buying In? is the first work to illuminate the process by which consumers' access to goods and services was liberalized and deregulated in Canada in the second half of the twentieth century. Michael Dawson's engagingly written and detailed exploration of the debates amongst everyday citizens and politicians regarding the pros and cons of expanding shopping opportunities, challenges the assumption of inevitability surrounding Canada's emergence as a consumer society. The expansion of store hours was a highly contested and contingent development that pitted employees, owners and regulators against one another. Dawson's nuanced analysis of archival and newspaper sources reveals the strains that modern capitalism imparted upon the accepted and established rhythms of daily life.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Preface
Introduction. Santa's Lament
Chapter One. Conflict: Restricting and Liberalizing Store Hours
Chapter Two. Community: Tourism, Leisure, and the Quest for Civic Prosperity
Chapter Three. Leverage: The Rhetoric and Reality of Chain-Store Dominance
Chapter Four. Morality: Women, Families, and Consumer Convenience
Chapter Five. Regulation: Evasion and Enforcement
Chapter Six. Ideology: The Cold War and the Public Sphere
Chapter Seven. Religion: Sunday Shopping's Multiple Battlegrounds
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 29. Aug 2018)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781487514877
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781487514877 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.