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HIST3455
Module Reading List

Consumer Society in Historical Perspective, 2017/18, Semester 1
Professor Regina Blaszczyk
r.blaszczyk@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1

Auslander, Lenora. “Beyond Words,” The American historical review. ISSN: 0002-8762, 110 (2005): 1015-45.

Stearns, Peter N., Consumerism in world history : the global transformation of desire ISBN: 0415395879 (pbk) : No price; 0415395860, 2d ed. (London: Routledge, 2006), chapters 1-5, pp. 1-65. 
 

McKendrick, Neil, et al. ed., Birth of a Consumer Society (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1985), pp. 1-33, 100-145.

Laird, Pamela Walker. “The Business of Consumer Culture History: Systems, Interactions, and Modernization,” in Hartmut Berghoff and Uwe Spiekermann, eds., Decoding Modern Consumer Societies ISBN: 9780230116627 (hbk.) (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011): 89-110.

Strasser, Susan. “Making Consumption Conspicuous: Transgressive Topics Go Mainstream,” Technology and culture. ISSN: 0040-165x 43 (Oct. 2002): 755-770.

 

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Week 2

Bushman, Richard L. “Introduction” and “Culture and Power,” in The refinement of America : persons, houses, cities ISBN: 0394550102 (New York: Vintage Books, 1993), xi-xix, 402-447.

Carnevali, Francesca, and Newton, Lucy. “Pianos for the People: From Producer to Consumer in Britain, 1851-1914,” in Enterprise and society. ISSN: 1467-2227 (2013): 37-70.

Vickery, Amanda, "Women and the World of Goods: A Lancashire Consumer and Her Possessions, 1751-1781." In John Brewer and Roy Porter, eds., Consumption and the world of goods ISBN: 0415114780 (pbk -1994); 0415037123 (London: Routledge, 1993), 274-304.

Wills, Jocelyn. “Respectable Mediocrity: The Everyday Life of an Ordinary American Striver, 1876-1890,” Journal of Social History. ISSN: 0022-4529 37 (winter 2003): 323-349.

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Week 3

Crane, Diana. Fashion and its social agendas : class, gender, and identity in clothing ISBN: 0226117995; 0226117987 (cased) : No price. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), chapter 1 (pp. 1- 25). Chapter 2 (pp. 26-66).

Honeyman, Katrina. “Style Monotony and the Business of Fashion: The Marketing of Menswear in Interwar England,” Textile history. ISSN: 0040-4969 34, no. 2 (2003): 171-191.

Kuchta, David. “The Making of the Self-Made Man: Class, Clothing, and English Masculinity, 1688-1832,” in De Grazia and Furlough, eds., The sex of things : gender and consumption in historical perspective ISBN: 0520201973 (pbk ; cased) : No price; 0520200349, pp. 54-78.

Ugolini, Laura. “Ready-to-Wear or Made-to-Measure? Consumer Choice in the British Menswear Trade, 1900-1939,” Textile history. ISSN: 0040-4969 32, no. 2 (2003): 192-213.

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Week 4

Breckenridge, Carol A. “The Aesthetics and Politics of Colonial Collecting: India at World Fairs,” Comparative studies in society and history. ISSN: 0010-4175 31, no. 2 (Apr. 1989): 195-216.

Gere, Charlotte, “Introduction: European Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1850-1900,” in Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin ISSN: 0026-1521, n.s., 56, no. 3 (Winter 1998-1999): 3-15.

Gere, Charlotte, “European Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1850-1900,” in Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin ISSN: 0026-1521, n.s., 56, no. 3 (Winter 1998-1999): 16-56.

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Week 5

Chandler, Alfred D., Jr. “Mass Distribution,” Chapter 7 in The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1977), 209-239.

Rappaport, Erika. “Art, Commerce, or Empire? The Rebuilding of Regent Street, 1880- 1927” in History workshop journal. ISSN: 1363-3554  53 (spring 2002): 96-119.

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Week 6

Singal, Daniel Joseph. “Towards a Definition of American Modernism.” In American Quarterly. ISSN: 0003-0678 39, no. 1 (spring 1987): 7-26.

Smith, Merritt Roe, “Technological Determinism in American Culture,” in Merritt Roe Smith and Leo Marx, eds, Does technology drive history? : the dilemma of technological determinism ISBN: 0262691671 (pbk); 0262193477 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994), 1-36.

Woloson, Wendy A. “Wishful Thinking: Retail Premiums in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America,” in Enterprise and society. ISSN: 1467-2227 13 (Dec. 2012): 790-831.

 

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Week 7

Bowden, Sue, and Avner Offer. “The Technological Revolution that Never Was: Gender, Class and the Diffusion of Household Appliances in Interwar England,” in De Grazia and Furlough, The sex of things : gender and consumption in historical perspective ISBN: 0520201973 (pbk ; cased) : No price; 0520200349, pp. 244-274.

Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. “The ‘Industrial Revolution’ in the Home: Household Technology and Social Change in the 20th Century,” Technology and culture. ISSN: 0040-165x 17 (Jan. 1976): 1-23.

Nickles, Shelley. “’Preserving Women’: Refrigerator Design as Social Process in the 1930s,” Technology and culture. 43, no. 4 (Oct. 2002): 693-727.

Nye, David E., ‘Technology and the Production of Difference’, American Quarterly, 58 (2006), 597-618.

Scott, Peter. “Managing Door-to-Door Sales of Vacuum Cleaners in Interwar Britain,” Business history review. ISSN: 0007-6805; 2044-768X 82 (2008): 761-788.

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Week 8

Nixon, Sean. “Mrs. Housewife and the Ad Men: Advertising, Market Research, and Mass Consumption in Postwar Britain,” in Hartmut Berghoff et al eds., The rise of marketing and market research ISBN: 9780230341067 (hbk.) : £55.00; 0230341063 (hbk.) : £55.00 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012): 193-214.

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Week 9

Dawson, Max. “Home Video and the ‘TV Problem’: Cultural Critics and Technological Change,” Technology and culture. ISSN: 0040-165x 48 (July 2007): 524-549.

Marx, Leo. "Technology: The Emergence of a Hazardous Concept." Technology and culture. ISSN: 0040-165x 51, no. 3 (July 2010): 561-577.

Partner, Simon. “Creating the Bright Life” and “Nimble Fingers: The Story of a Transistor Radio,” in Assembled in Japan : electrical goods and the making of the Japanese consumer ISBN: 0520219392 (pbk.) : No price; 0520217926 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999): 137-224.

Sterne, Jonathan. "The MP3 as Cultural Artifact." New media and society. ISSN: 1461-4448 8 (2006): 825-842

 

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Week 10

Stearns, Peter N. Consumerism in world history : the global transformation of desire ISBN: 0415395879 (pbk) : No price; 0415395860, 2d ed., pp 153-159, Chapter 13: “Who Wins—Consumerism or Consumers?”

This list was last updated on 08/09/2017