A History of Everyday Things: The Birth of Consumption in France, 1600-1800 (Hardback)
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A History of Everyday Things: The Birth of Consumption in France, 1600-1800 (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 09/03/2000
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Things which we regard as the everyday objects of consumption (and hence re-purchase), and essential to any decent, civilised lifestyle, have not always been so: in former times, everyday objects would have passed from one generation to another, without anyone dreaming of acquiring new ones. How, therefore, have people in the modern world become 'prisoners of objects', as Rousseau put it? The celebrated French cultural historian Daniel Roche answers this fundamental question using insights from economics, politics, demography and geography, as well as his own extensive historical knowledge. Professor Roche places familiar objects and commodities - houses, clothes, water - in their wider historical and anthropological contexts, and explores the origins of some of the daily furnishings of modern life. A History of Everyday Things is a pioneering essay that sheds light on the origins of the consumer society and its social and political repercussions, and thereby the birth of the modern world.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521633291
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... an excellent introduction to the cultural history that is being practised in France today.' The Times Literary Supplement
'... this is an important contribution to a 'hot' topic.' History
"Excellent and provocative....The text is clear and well organized, and the translation is excellent." Journal of Anthropological Research
"To read Roche is to see les choses banales-"everyday things"-in a new light, to understand their evolution, to grasp their significance as historical markers, and most of all, to appreciate how much twentieth century consumer society takes them for granted." Benjamin F. Martin

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