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How the Shopping Cart Explains Global Consumerism

Andrew Warnes


The book argues that the invention and popularization of the shopping cart from the 1940s onward provided the final link in the chain for the new system of industrialized food flow. First in the United States and then around the world, these carts enabled supermarkets to move their goods even faster off their shelves—in a sense, completing the revolution in mechanized farming, electric refrigeration, and road distribution that had occurred during the 1930s. Yet the cart, a basic machine among modernity’s new systems, also recast the work of food shopping in ways that attracted ambivalence and ... More

Keywords: globalization, consumerism, impulse, literature, food, car culture, Americanization, Bruno Latour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295285
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Warnes, author
University of Leeds