Consumption and the Making of Respectability, 1600-1800 / Edition 1

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Tying together of several distinct cultural patterns during this century to create a culture of respectability and its impact on popular culture, trade, politics, social dynamics, and literature, this original and thoughtful work provides a comprehensive and much-needed understanding of the origins of modern consumption and all of its cultural implications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415933292
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Woodruff Smith is Professor in the department of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of Politics and the Sciences of Culture in Germany, 1840-1920, The Ideological Origins of Nazi Imperialism, and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Consumption and Culture 5
Changes in Consumption Patterns in Early Modern Europe 5
Culture and the Contexts of Consumption 9
Cultural Contexts 13
Components of Cultural Contexts 15
Meaning in Cultural Contexts 19
Changes in Cultural Contexts 21
2 Gentility 25
Status and Consumption 25
Samuel Pepys, Gentleman 27
Modes of Gentility 31
Silks and Calicoes 46
Underclothing 60
3 Luxury 63
The Context of Luxury in Early Modern Europe 69
Taste 81
Comfort and Convenience 83
Spices of Life 86
Sugar 90
The Contexts of Condiment Consumption 92
4 Virtue 105
Dr. Blankaart's Prescription for Healthy Living 105
The Discourse of Virtue 108
"Bourgeois" Virtue 118
Tea, Coffee, and Sugar 121
Cleanliness 130
5 Rational Masculinity 139
Coffeehouses 140
Coffee and the Context of Rational Masculinity 151
Tobacco 161
6 Domestic Femininity 171
Tea and Sympathy 171
Femininity, Domesticity, and "Separate Spheres" 175
Civilization 178
Domesticity and Consumption 181
Breakfast 183
7 Respectability 189
Modern Times 191
Respectability, Social Structure, and Individual Status 204
Respectable Families 210
Respectability, Institutions, and Professions 212
8 Conclusion 223
Gentility, Luxury, and Virtue 224
Makers of Respectability 226
Rational Masculinity and Domestic Femininity 233
Implications and Further Questions 237
Notes 247
Appendix 297
Bibliography 307
Index 333
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