John Armitage and Joanne Roberts present a groundbreaking examination of the relations between historical and, crucially, contemporary ideas of luxury. This volume gives you a technocultural focus on aesthetic, design-led and media practice with key case studies.
About the Author
John Armitage is Professor of Media Arts and Co-Director of the Winchester Luxury Research Group at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. John's research interests include luxury and visual culture, new media art, continental philosophy, and the critical theory of technology. He is the founder and co-editor of the Duke University Press journal Cultural Politics.
Joanne Roberts is Professor in Arts and Cultural Management and Director of the Winchester Luxury Research Group at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Her research interests include knowledge, innovation, creativity, and luxury. Her latest book is A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Knowledge Management (Sage Publications, 2015). She is an Editorial Advisory Board member of Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption (Taylor & Francis).
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Series Editors' Preface
Notes on Contributors
1. Critical Luxury Studies: Defining a Field
John Armitage and Joanne Roberts
PART I: CRITICAL LUXURY STUDIES
2. Knowing Luxury: From Socio-Cultural Value to Market Price?
Joanne Roberts and John Armitage
3. Luxury: A Dialectic of Desire?
Christopher J. Berry
4. The Luxury Duality: From Economic Fact to Cultural Capital
5. 'Life's Little Luxuries?': The Social and Spatial Construction of Luxury
Juliana Mansvelt, Mary Breheny and Iain Hay
6. The Object and Art of Luxury Consumption
PART II: ART, DESIGN, MEDIA
7. Experiments in Suchness: Hiroshi Sugimoto's Silk Shiki for Hermès
8. Libeskind in Las Vegas: Reflections on Architecture as a Luxury Commodity
9. Sartorial Connoisseurship: The T-Shirt and the Interrogation of Luxury
10. Online Luxury: Geographies of Production and Consumption and the Louis Vuitton Website