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Consumption and the World of Goods

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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 ...more
Paperback, 654 pages
Published November 4th 1994 by Routledge (first published March 10th 1993)
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Martine Bailey
I can’t say I’ve read every page of this 650 page doorstep but I have read the essays I’m interested in. The main attraction was Amanda Vickery’s ‘Women and the world of goods’ which was mildly disappointing as it seemed to me to cover very similar ground to The Gentleman’s Daughter, being largely about the same character, Elizabeth Shackleton, and her relationships with material objects. It was as ever a pleasure to re-read these accounts but I don’t think there was anything new.
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