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The Politics of Consumption: Material Culture and Citizenship in Europe and America
     

The Politics of Consumption: Material Culture and Citizenship in Europe and America

by Martin Daunton (Editor)
 

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How does consumer identity become available to people and how do they use it? How is consumption negotiated in a dictatorship? Are material politics about state politics, consumer politics, or the relationship between these and consumer practices? Objects and commodities have frequently been studied to assess their position within consumer-or material-culture, but

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How does consumer identity become available to people and how do they use it? How is consumption negotiated in a dictatorship? Are material politics about state politics, consumer politics, or the relationship between these and consumer practices? Objects and commodities have frequently been studied to assess their position within consumer-or material-culture, but there has been little examination of the politics that lie behind that culture. This book fills the gap and explores the political and state structures that have shaped the consumer and the nature of his or her consumption. An internationally renowned group of experts looks at the emergence of the rational consuming individual in modern economic thought, the moral and ideological values consumers have attached to their relationships with commodities, and how the practices and theories of consumer citizenship developed alongside and within the expanding state.

Author Biography: Martin J. Daunton is Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge and Matthew Hilton is Lecturer in Social History, University of Birmingham.

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“This book will provide a rich source of information for those working in the field.” —The Economic History Review
The Economic History Review

This book will provide a rich source of information for those working in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859734711
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Series:
Leisure, Consumption and Culture Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Martin Daunton is a Professor of Economic History, at the University of Cambridge.

Matthew Hilton is at University of Birmingham.

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