The Idea of Luxury: A Conceptual and Historical Investigation - Ideas in Context 30 (Paperback)
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The Idea of Luxury: A Conceptual and Historical Investigation - Ideas in Context 30 (Paperback)

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Paperback 292 Pages / Published: 16/06/1994
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In this far-ranging and innovative study Christopher Berry explores the meanings and ramifications of the idea of luxury. Insights from political theory, philosophy and intellectual history are utilised in a sophisticated conceptual analysis that is complemented by a series of specific historical investigations. Dr Berry suggests that the value attached to luxury is a crucial component in any society's self-understanding, and shows how luxury has changed from being essentially a negative term, threatening social virtue, to a guileless ploy supporting consumption. His analytic focus upon the interplay between the notions of need and desire suggests that luxuries fall into four categories - sustenance, shelter, clothing and leisure - and these are exemplified in sources as diverse as classical philosophy and contemporary advertising.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521466912
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm

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