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Shopping to Belong [electronic resource]: Consumerism and the Latino Community

Sosa, Irene
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Most Americans engage in "retail therapy" from time to time, but what form does it take among immigrant populations? Is excessive shopping a way of coming to grips with a new culture-and leaving another behind? This program examines that possibility in the context of the Latino community, raising provocative questions about cultural identity, consumerism, and assimilation. Ten first-generation immigrants from various Latin American countries-including Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela, and Peru-share their thoughts and experiences, shedding light on the transition from impoverished environs to the wealthiest and most extravagant society in the world.
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Run Time
30 min.
In Spanish with English subtitles
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 19, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Consumerism and the Latino community
  • Consumerism in America (1:31)
  • Weekend Shopper (1:10)
  • Different Reasons for Shopping (1:56)
  • Shopping: Cultural Activity (2:19)
  • Gifts to Send Home (1:13)
  • Immigrants Struggle in America (1:53)
  • America: World of Abundance (2:26)
  • What Is an American Citizen? (1:04)
  • Shopping to Feel Important (1:22)
  • Shopping to Avoid Discrimination (1:51)
  • Discrimination (1:52)
  • Symbols of Affluence (1:04)
  • Shopping Fills a Void (1:09)
  • Reasons to Stay in America (1:36)
  • Families Split Up (1:22)
  • Immigrants Want to Blend In (1:30)
  • False Pretenses (1:02)
  • How to Be a Smart Shopper (1:17)
  • Right to Belong in America (0:57)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2007.
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40456 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (30 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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