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The long history of contemporary consumer society: chronologies, practices, and politics in modern Europe

Trentmann, Frank (2009) The long history of contemporary consumer society: chronologies, practices, and politics in modern Europe. Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 49 , pp. 107-128. ISSN 0066-6505.

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Abstract

The article discusses European consumer culture. The author reflects on consumer culture as a new phenomenon, the replacement of diversity with homogeneity, and the erosion of civic engagement due to materialism and leisure. The social consequences in Europe of consumer durables in the home, rising affluence, and increased leisure time are explored. Other topics include the uniformity of mass consumption, generational identities in youth culture, and the consumer as a political subject rooted in progressive and nationalist traditions.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2010 09:38
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2806

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