Cinderella Dreams: The Allure of the Lavish Wedding PDF (Adobe DRM) download by John Ray Knott

Cinderella Dreams: The Allure of the Lavish Wedding

University of California Press
Publication date: September 2003
ISBN: 9780520937505
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
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""As Otnes and Pleck so richly detail, the contemporary wedding is at once a rite of passage, a flight of fantasy, an expression of romantic longing, and an orgy of conspicuous consumption. Most significantly, the lavish wedding has become a celebration of contemporary consumer culture and is spreading globally, despite some resistance and backlash. From Barbie's wedding dress to Hollywood films to enormously expensive Asian weddings to gay and lesbian white weddings, we sanction superfluity in weddings to a degree unparalleled in other key life events including those of birth and death. This is a compelling analysis of the past, present, and future of wedding rituals, that holds a telling mirror to contemporary culture.""â¿¿Russell Belk, author of Collecting in a Consumer Society ""Elizabeth Pleck and Cele Otnes pair their distinct talents to offer us a lavish display of the lavish wedding. In fascinating and often surprising detail--across time and place--they make sense of why we have clung to and, in fact, have radically embellished this vestige of Victorian culture.""â¿¿Gary Cross, author of An All Consuming Century: Why Commercialism Won in Modern America
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