Chin blatantly states that purchasing power will pertain to black kids and american consumer culture with chins choice to write specifically on black newhallville kids she consequently should not place them in the category of all black kids without stating the possible similarities or differences. Purchasing power is written clearly and passionately making it accessible to a wide audience and a mandatory read for all journalists who cover the urban youth beat mosaic elizabeth chins purchasing power black kids and american consumer culture has both vitality and immediacy thanks to natalia tionna asia and the other pseudonymous . Purchasing power black kids and american consumer culture back cover copy what does it mean to be young poor and black in our consumer culture are black children brand crazed consumer addicts willing to kill each other over a pair of the latest nike air jordans or barbie backpack. In this first in depth account of the consumer lives of poor and working class black children elizabeth chin enters the world of children living in hardship in order to understand the ways they learn to manage living poor in a wealthy society. A disappointment long on theory and jargon and wordplay short on interviews vignettes and images but it was good to brush up on sociological lingo especially concerning children mass consumption and race
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