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Lizabeth Cohen

Lizabeth is Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies at Harvard and author of A consumers' republic: The politics of mass consumption in postwar America (Alfred A Knopf, 2003).

The landscape of mass consumption

[ politics | opinion - february 03 ]

In the decades following World War II, the pursuit of prosperity became integral to American citizenship. But mass consumption also sharpened social divisions along gender, class, and racial lines.