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Review Provides an insightful analysis of the ambivalent attitude of the residents of Seoul to South Korea's growing material prosperity through the decades of the 1980s and 1990s. (Journal of Asian Studies)Nelson's eloquent writing style allows the rare pleasure of readfing social science research that comes through factually as well as emotionally... highly recommended. (Gender & Society)An insightful analysis of the ways in which South Korean economic development strategies have reshaped the country's national identity. (Mikyeong Bae Acta Koreana) Read more Review Sensitive and stylish, Laura Nelson's insightful book on consumption in South Korea contributes immensely to our understanding of consumption and culture in general, and South Korean political economy in particular. Purchase it to promote scholarship! (John Lie, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)An eloquent balance of scholarly engagement and personal insights blended into a very poignant story about how South Korean women create their lives, lifestyles, and identities in the face of rapidly changing material and social conditions. (Katharine H.S. Moon, Department of Political Science, Wellesley College, author of Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S.-Korea Relations) Read more See all Editorial Reviews