Romance, Magic, Memory, and Perfection

Cele C. Otnes

in Cinderella Dreams

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780520236615
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937505 | DOI:
Romance, Magic, Memory, and Perfection

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This chapter discusses how pervasive weddings have become in the cultural landscape, noting the statistics of weddings in the United States alone and attempting to determine whether a wedding can nowadays still be considered a ritual. It explains the increasing popularity of lavish weddings, whereby a wedding has become elevated to the special status of luxury good in modern consumer culture, and also takes a look at the relationship between consumption and romance, while emphasizing the fact that people want lavish weddings in order to experience magic in their lives.

Keywords: weddings; cultural landscape; ritual; increasing popularity; luxury good; consumer culture; consumption; romance

Chapter.  8997 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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