Consuming Cultures, Global Perspectives: Historical Trajectories, Transnational Exchanges

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Drawing on case studies from around the world, a trans-national perspective allows the authors to look at the genealogy of the modern consumer and the development of consumer cultures, from the porcelain trade and consumption in Britain and China in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to post Second World War developments in America and Japan, and the contemporary consumer politics of cosmopolitan citizenship.

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Overview

Drawing on case studies from around the world, a trans-national perspective allows the authors to look at the genealogy of the modern consumer and the development of consumer cultures, from the porcelain trade and consumption in Britain and China in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to post Second World War developments in America and Japan, and the contemporary consumer politics of cosmopolitan citizenship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845202460
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Series: Cultures of Consumption
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

John Brewer is Professor of History and Literature at the California Institute of Technology. Frank Trentmann is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Birkbeck College, London, and Director of the Cultures of Consumption programme (ESRC-AHRC).

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Table of Contents

John Brewer & Frank Trentman—Introduction
• Frank Trentmann—The Modern Evolution of the Consumer: Meanings, Knowledge, and Identities Before the Age of Affluence
• Adam Arvidsson—Brand Management and the Productivity of Consumption
• Robert Batchelor—On the Movement of Porcelains: Rethinking the Birth of the Consumer Society as Interactions of Exchange Networks, China and Britain, 1600-1750
• Richard Wilk—Consumer Culture and Extractive Industry on the Margins of the World System
• David Anderson—'Flowers of Paradise' or 'Polluting of the Nation'? Contested Narratives of Khat Consumption
• Michael Redclift—Chewing Gum: American Taste and the 'Shadowlands' of the Yukatan
• Sheldon Garon—Japan's Post-war 'Consumer Revolution,' or Striking a 'Balance' between Consumption and Saving
• Roberta Sassatelli—Trust, Food and Contestation: From the Buying Nothing Day to Fair Trade Goods
• Sheryl Kroen—Renegotiating the Social Contract in Post-War Europe: The American Marshall Plan and Consumer Democracy
• Bronwen Morgan—Emerging Global Water Welfarism: Access to Water, Unruly Consumers and Transnational Governance

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