Consumers' Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920 (Paperback)
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Consumers' Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920 (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 30/06/2007
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Histories of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era tend to characterize the United States as an expansionist nation bent on Americanizing the world without being transformed itself. In ""Consumers' Imperium"", Kristin Hoganson reveals the other half of the story, demonstrating that the years between the Civil War and World War I were marked by heightened consumption of imports and strenuous efforts to appear cosmopolitan. Hoganson finds evidence of international connections in quintessentially domestic places - American households. She shows that well-to-do white women in this era expressed intense interest in other cultures through imported household objects, fashion, cooking, entertaining, armchair travel clubs, and the immigrant gifts movement. From curtains to clothing, from around-the-world parties to arts and crafts of the homelands exhibits, Hoganson presents a new perspective on the United States in the world by shifting attention from exports to imports, from production to consumption, and from men to women. She makes it clear that globalization did not just happen beyond America's shores, as a result of American military might and industrial power, but that it happened at home, thanks to imports, immigrants, geographical knowledge, and consumer preferences. Here is an international history that begins at home.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807857939
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 649 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 26 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Offers important additions and qualifications to the prevailing interpretations of turn-of-the-century America. . . . A rich, eloquent, and very useful description of the outward behavior of international shopping.--Journal of Social History


[A] gracefully written survey. . . . Hoganson's research is meticulous.--Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era


Escapes our usual parochial categories, and that is one of the highest compliments to give any work.--Journal of American History


Hoganson has written a rich and academic flavored book that is thought provoking because it pushes one's thinking in both new and old directions.--Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences


An insightful narrative. . . . Highly recommended.--CHOICE


Adds a convincing counterweight to the somewhat tired arguments about United States nationalism and imperialism in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


In a wealth of imaginatively turned analysis and novel detail, Hoganson shows how turn-of-the-century American women reimagined themselves as consumers of the world. By installing a 'Turkish' cozy corner in their parlors, learning to boil macaroni, or joining a travel reading club, they refashioned themselves as partakers of a new, imperial cosmopolitanism--even as they stayed at home. Rich in material, originality, and insight, Hoganson's Consumers' Imperium is certain to leave a strong mark on women's studies, studies of material and consumer culture, and the new field of transnational history.--Daniel T. Rodgers, Princeton University


Consumers' Imperium is a tour de force. Hoganson takes a relatively superficial set of practices--late nineteenth and early twentieth-century food, fashion, and immigrant gift fairs--and demonstrates that they lie absolutely at the foundation of a formidable U.S. utopianism during this time of gathering and sweeping historical change. Our understanding of relations between the personal and the political, the domestic and the cosmopolitan, the family dinner table and the national turf will never again be quite the same.--Laura Wexler, Yale University Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism


Powerfully argued and deeply researched. . . . Advances the field of American studies further by integrating gender and the global into the story of American nationalism and consumerism.--Journal of Contemporary History

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