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The Wedding Present: Domestic Life Beyond Consumption / Edition 1

The Wedding Present: Domestic Life Beyond Consumption / Edition 1

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In this fascinating work, Louise Purbrick offers an alternative analysis of contemporary domestic consumption. She investigates the ritualized presentation of objects upon marriage, and their subsequent cycles of exchange within the domestic sphere. Focusing on gift-giving in Britain from 1945 to the present, comparative context is provided by material from North America and Europe. Presenting new material on the enactment of exchange relationships within everyday domesticity, the book makes significant historical, theoretical and methodological contributions to the analysis of contemporary consumption. It also re-evaluates consumption theory as well as examining the methodology of recent studies in consumption and domesticity, pressing for a more rigorous approach to the use of case studies. By considering how the specific contexts in which consumption occurs, such as married domesticity, can limit possible versions of selfhood, The Wedding Present tests the assumption that consuming creates individual identities. Thus, the book argues, consumption cannot be isolated as an explanation of individual or social formation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754644729
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/01/2007
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Louise Purbrick is a Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design, in the School of Historical and Critical Studies at the University of Brighton, UK. She works on material and visual culture from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction making homes and worlds: marriage and consumption from 1945 to today; Objects of approval; China and Pyrex: the practices of preservation; Accounting for change: forgotten, neglected and altered objects; The list: domesticity, conformity and class; Methods: mass-observation; Afterword: unmarried households; Bibliography; Appendices; Index.

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