Consumer Culture in Latin America

Hardcover | December 24, 2012

EditorJohn Sinclair, Anna Cristina Pertierra

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How can we understand consumption in a region known for its cultural richness and vast inequalities? What do Latin Americans consume, and why? Examining topics from tango and samba to sex workers in Costa Rica, from eating tamales to selling ice in the Andes, and from building and moving houses to buying cell phones, this collection brings together original research on some of the many forms of consumption and consumers that contribute to Latin American cultures and histories. Contributors include sociologists, anthropologists, media and cultural studies scholars, geographers and historians, showcasing diverse approaches to understanding Latin American consumption practices and consumer culture.

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How can we understand consumption in a region known for its cultural richness and vast inequalities? What do Latin Americans consume, and why? Examining topics from tango and samba to sex workers in Costa Rica, from eating tamales to selling ice in the Andes, and from building and moving houses to buying cell phones, this collection br...

John Sinclair is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at University of Melbourne, Australia. He has a long career in researching the globalization of media industries, especially television and advertising, and is author of Images Incorporated: Advertising as Industry and Ideology; Latin American Television: A Global View; and Advertising,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 10.34 × 5.7 × 0.72 inPublished:December 24, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340733

ISBN - 13:9780230340732

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Table of Contents

Understanding Consumer Culture in Latin America; J.Sinclair & A.C.Pertierra
PART I: TRANSNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS
New Social and Business Models in Latin American Music; G.Yúdice
The Advertising Industry in Latin America: A Contemporary Overview; J.Sinclair
PART II: GETTING AND SPENDING
From 'Country of the Future' to Emergent Country: Popular Consumption in Brazil; R.G.Oliven & R.P.Machado
Chile's Forgotten Consumers: Poor Urban Families, Consumption Strategies, and the Moral Economy of Risk in Santiago; J.Stillerman
Peasants and Pirámides: Consumer Fantasies in the Colombian Andes; J.Antrosio
PART III: DOMESTIC PRACTICE
Decorating the New House: The Material Culture of Social Mobility; T.Ariztia
Stitching Identities: Clothing Production and Consumption in Mexico City; M.Francois
Christmas Tamales in Costa Rica (1900-1930); P.V.Jiménez, translated by Fergus Grealy and Anna Cristina Pertierra
PART IV: IMAGES AND SOUNDSCAPES
Quinceañera: Coming of Age through Digital Photography in Cuba; A.C.Pertierra
Images of Work for Consumption: Factory's Representations in Ideological Propaganda and Advertising; V.Casaqui, translated by Marcela Ferreira da Silva and Anna Cristina Pertierra
Tango, Samba and National Identities: Similarities and Differences in the Foundational Myths of 'Mi Noche Triste' and 'Pelo Telefone'; R.Helal & H.R.Lovisolo, translated by Marc Figuerola Delgado and Anna Cristina Pertierra
PART V: SPACES AND PLACES
Spaces of Consumerism and the Consumption of Space: Tourism and Social Exclusion in the 'Mayan Riviera'; D.M.Navarrete & M.Redclift
Singing for Shaved Ice: Glacial Loss and Raspadilla in the Peruvian Andes; K.W.Dunbar & K.D.M.Marcoa
Becoming Middle Class? Consumption, Respectability and Place in Sex Tourism; M.Rivers-Moore

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"This rich and diverse collection of studies of consumers and consumption in Latin America provides a wonderfully vivid window on class, politics, popular culture, international political economy, and the history of everyday life. This will be an enormously useful text for students of cultural and media studies and scholars throughout the social sciences. Its particularly good to see such a geographically diverse collection of authors engaged in this book." - Barry Carr, Visiting Professor, University of California and Fordham University, US, and Senior Fellow, Institute of Latin American Studies, La Trobe University, Australia "Writings about consumption are so often anecdotal, superficial, and in essence judgemental, which is precisely why this volume, which is none of these things, is both welcome and necessary. The core is an empathetic engagement with consumers across Latin America. The extraordinary range of topics shows just how absurd it is to try and understand everyday life without dealing with consumption, because, in so many respects, this simply is the contemporary world of Latin America. The volume also succeeds in addressing advertising, banking, business and branding as the essential context, without reducing consumption to these forces." - Daniel Miller, Professor of Anthropology, University College London