Consumption and the World of Goods
John Brewer, Roy Porter
Psychology Press, 1994 - History - 564 pages
The study of past society in terms of what it consumes rather than what it produces is - relatively speaking - a new development. The focus on consumption changes the whole emphasis and structure of historical enquiry. While human beings usually work within a single trade or industry as producers, as, say, farmers or industrial workers, as consumers they are active in many different markets or networks. And while history written from a production viewpoint has, by chance or design, largely been centred on the work of men, consumption history helps to restore women o the mainstream.
The history of consumption demands a wide range of skills. It calls upon the methods and techniques of many other disciplines, including archaeology, sociology, social and economic history, anthropology and art criticism. But it is not simply a melting-pot of techniques and skills, brought to bear on a past epoch. Its objectives amount to a new description of a past culture in its totality, as perceived through its patterns of consumption in goods and services.
Consumption and the World of Goods is the first of three volumes to examine history from this perspective, and is a unique collaboration between twenty-six leading subject specialists from Europe and North America. The outcome is a new interpretation of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, one that shapes a new historical landscape based on the consumption of goods and services.
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consumer culture in historical perspective
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understanding the household
la Indices of agricultural and industrial prices 16601820
European consumption and Asian production in the seventeenth and eighteenth
conspicuous consumption in the early modern world
Consumption in early modern social thought
b Admiral Vernons attack on Porto Bello drawn from a letter from William
Hogarths The Reward of Cruelty 1751
numeracy in eighteenthcentury America
1a Provenance of mathematical writing in provincial England
The book trade in eastern Europe in the seventeenth and early eighteenth
Changes in English and AngloAmerican consumption from 1550 to 1800
The meaning of consumer behaviour in late seventeenth and early eighteenth
The production and marketing of populuxe goods in eighteenthcentury Paris
interpreting the consumer economy in the eighteenth
The changing roles of food in the study of consumption
a Lancashire consumer and her possessions
meaning and measurement in early modern England
between pp 314 and 315
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