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Adapting to Abundance By Andrew R. Heinze

Adapting to Abundance
by Andrew R. Heinze

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An analysis of immigrant life in the USA which focuses on the habits of consumption. The author describes how Jews responded to the prospect of mass consumption, familiarizing themselves with such activities as installment buying, advertising and vacationing.
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Adapting to Abundance Summary


Adapting to Abundance: Jewish Immigrants, Mass Consumption, and the Search for American Identity by Andrew R. Heinze

This is the first large-scale analysis of immigrant life in America to focus on habits of consumption. Hienze relies on primary sources to show how Jews responded to the prospect of mass consumption in America, familiarizing themselves with activities such as installment buying, vacationing, and advertising. Heinze examines the relationship between American consumption and holidays; the importance of the immigrant Jewish woman as director of family spending; the significance of clothing; and the high status of the parlour and the piano in Jewish homes.

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Adapting to Abundance Reviews


A very important book... at the cutting edge of what should be an exciting new scholarly development... opening up whole areas of behavior which [historians] previously shrugged off as irrelevant. Journal of American Ethnic History Well written... creative in its use of a wide range of primary source material. Canadian Review of American Studies Raises interesting questions about the immigrant experience in a gracefully written style. Journal of Consumer Affairs An important book that invites reflection upon the national character. American Jewish Archives

About Andrew R. Heinze


Andrew R. Heinze is Professor of American History at the University of San Francisco.

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GOR005958121
Adapting to Abundance: Jewish Immigrants, Mass Consumption, and the Search for American Identity by Andrew R. Heinze
Andrew R. Heinze
Columbia History of Urban Life
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Columbia University Press
1992-09-10
276
0231068530
9780231068536
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