The Expert Consumer: Associations and Professionals in Consumer Society

The Expert Consumer: Associations and Professionals in Consumer Society

by Alain Chatriot, Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel, Matthew Hilton
     
 

Recent work has focused on the politics of consumption and its manifestation in a number of situations. This volume extends these debates, providing a tighter focus and contributing to a noticeable gap in the field that numerous scholars (particularly in North America) are beginning to turn towards: that is, organizations of consumers themselves who have chosen to… See more details below

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Recent work has focused on the politics of consumption and its manifestation in a number of situations. This volume extends these debates, providing a tighter focus and contributing to a noticeable gap in the field that numerous scholars (particularly in North America) are beginning to turn towards: that is, organizations of consumers themselves who have chosen to speak for all consumers and similar such bodies of experts which act on behalf of consumers. The volume is fortunate in drawing upon a number of scholars who are about to publish major works on the subject, but who are happy to provide summary versions of their work for the volume.

The book pays particular attention to specific moments in consumer mobilization and expertise, capturing the range of types of expert consumers across the twentieth century, from ethical consumer groups at the beginning, to intellectuals, housewives, economists and public officials. It addresses questions on the nature of consumer organizing, which bodies can speak for consumers, whether one consumer voice can ever be identified and the relationship between the consumption and citizenship. The overview pieces by Hilton and Kroen demonstrate the larger narratives involved in the study of the expert consumer; whilst the more comparative pieces out the nature of transatlantic exchanges and the similarities across seemingly different consumption regimes; and further case studies of organizations and historical moments will draw out the specificities of consumer associations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754655015
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Series:
The History of Retailing and Consumption Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1'Through the medium of their pockets' : sabbatarianism, free produce, non intercourse and the significance of 'early modern' consumer activism21
2The moral expertise of the British consumer, c. 1900 : a debate between the Christian social union and the Webbs37
3Consumers' leagues in France : a transatlantic perspective53
4Educating consumers, representing consumers : reforming the marketplace through scientific expertise at the Bureau of Home Economics, United States Department of Agriculture, 1923-194073
5The enemy within : food, nutrition experts and consumers in French-speaking Switzerland, 1900-194689
6Shopping for an 'economic miracle' : gendered politics of consumer citizenship in divided Germany105
7Consumers' associations and the state : protection and defence of the consumer in France, 1950-2000123
8Shopping for the 'people's home' : consumer planning in Norway and Sweden after the Second World War137
9The entrepreneurial ethic and the spirit of consumerism : finances and strategy in the US consumer movement151
10Living in the city differently : the birth of new expertise in France in the 1960s and 1970s167
11The organised consumer movement since 1945187

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