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Selling Out or Buying in?: Debating Consumerism in Vancouver and Victoria, 1945-1985

Michael Dawson
Format
Book
Published
Toronto : University Of Toronto Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9781487502201, 1487502206, 9781487521868, 1487521863
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."--
Description
xii, 215 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-208) and index.
Technical Details
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