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Reluctant CapitalistsBookselling and the Culture of Consumption$
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Laura J. Miller

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226525907

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226525921.001.0001

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Pursuing the Citizen-Consumer: Consumption as Politics

Pursuing the Citizen-Consumer: Consumption as Politics

(p.197) Chapter 8 Pursuing the Citizen-Consumer: Consumption as Politics
Reluctant Capitalists

Laura J. Miller

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines how some people outside the ranks of book professionals have taken action against the spread of large-scale, rationalized bookselling in the U.S. It looks at the activism on the part of two groups: low-level workers at bookstores and residents of communities or citizen-consumers experiencing a changing bookselling environment. This chapter also describes the campaign launched by these groups against chain bookstores and the support they provided to struggling independent bookstores.

Keywords:   rationalized bookselling, U.S., activism, bookstore workers, citizen-consumers, chain bookstores, independent bookstores

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