The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy, 1650 to the Present / Edition 1

The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy, 1650 to the Present / Edition 1

by Jan de Vries
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521895022

ISBN-13: 9780521895026

Pub. Date: 04/30/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the long eithteenth century, new consumer aspirations combined with a new industrious behavior to alter fundamentally the material cultures of northwestern Europe and North America. This "industrious revolution" is the context in which the economic acceleration associated with the Industrial Revolution took shape. This study explores the intellectual

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In the long eithteenth century, new consumer aspirations combined with a new industrious behavior to alter fundamentally the material cultures of northwestern Europe and North America. This "industrious revolution" is the context in which the economic acceleration associated with the Industrial Revolution took shape. This study explores the intellectual understanding of the new importance of consumer goods as well as the actual consumer behavior of households of all income levels.

Jan de Vries examines how the activation and evolution of consumer demand shaped the course of economic development, situating consumer behavior in the context of the household economy. He considers the changing consumption goals of households from the seventeenth century to the present and analyzes how household decisions have mediated between macro-level economic growth and actual human betterment. Ultimately, de Vries's research reveals key strengths and weaknesses of existing consumer theory, suggesting revisions that add historical realism to economic abstractions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521895026
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures     viii
Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
The Transformation of Consumer Desire in the Long Eighteenth Century     1
The Origins of the Industrious Revolution     40
The Industrious Revolution: The Supply of Labor     73
The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Demand     122
The Breadwinner-Homemaker Household     186
A Second Industrious Revolution?     238
Bibliography     275
Index     315

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