By Elaine S. Abelson
This booklet makes a speciality of middle-class city girls as members in new sorts of patron tradition. in the particular international of the dept shop, ladies discovered themselves challenged to withstand the temptations of intake. Many succumbed, paying for either what they wanted and what they wanted, but in addition stealing what appeared so on hand. Pitted opposed to those middle-class ladies have been the administration, detectives, and clerks of the malls. Abelson argues that during the curiosity of concealing this darker facet of consumerism, girls of the center category, yet now not these of the operating classification, have been allowed to shoplift and plead incapacitating illness--kleptomania. the discovery of kleptomania by way of psychiatrists and the adoption of this ideology of female weak spot through outlets, newspapers, most people, the accused girls themselves, or even the courts finds the best way a gender research allowed proponents of customer capitalism to masks its contradictions.