The Steal

A Cultural History of Shoplifting

by Rachel Shteir

The Steal

Hardcover, 256 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $25.95 | purchase

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A history of shoplifting assesses its cultural and economic significance, tracing its rise with the onset of department stores, its pathology, and its role as a symbol of anti-establishment sentiments and hyper-consumerism.

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