Buying and Believing (Paperback)
Sri Lankan Advertising and Consumers in a Transnational World
University of Chicago Press, 9780226430416, 248pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2001
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Drawing upon fieldwork conducted over thirty years, Kemper examines the Sri Lankan advertising industry to show how executives draw on their skills as folk ethnographers to "Sri Lankanize" commodities and practices to make them locally desirable, essentially producing new forms of Sri Lankan culture. Addressing many of the most pressing agendas of contemporary anthropology, Buying and Becoming breaks new ground in studies of culture and globalization.