"Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity"
By Mimi Sheller
MIT Press, $29.95
Reviewed by JENNIFER WEEKS
What is the most essential material for modern living? Most people would probably choose oil or plastics. But Drexel University sociologist Mimi Sheller has a different answer: aluminum.
“Aluminum Dreams” tells the story of this lightweight metal, and shows how corporations have marketed it as a symbol of speed, lightness and progress.