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Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society
Expressing america: A critique of the global credit card society
A Window on Society

The credit card, as well as the industry that stands behind it and aggressively pushes its growth and expansion, is not only important in itself, but also as a window on modern society. The idea of analyzing the credit card in order to understand society is derived from the theories of … Georg Simmel. Among his innumerable insights was the view that ‘any item of culture can be the starting point for sociological research into the nature of the totality’ (Turner, 1986). Simmel was a ‘relationist’, meaning that he saw each aspect of society as related to every other aspect (Ritzer and Gindoff, ...

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