The Rise of Consumer Society in Britain, 1880-1980

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and consumer society is to help to provide this balance, and so sharpen the descriptive-cum-explanatory tools available to historians of nineteenth-and twentieth-century Britain.


NOTES AND REFERENCES
1.
P. Johnson, "'Conspicuous Consumption and Working-class Culture in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain'", Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 38, 1988, p. 29.
2.
A. Marwick, The Nature of History, Macmillan, 1970, p. 171.
3.
Cf. G. Reekie, 'Knowing the Female Consumer: Market Research and the Post-war Housewife', unpublished paper, Griffith University, 1990, p. 12.
4.
See, e.g., J. K. Galbraith, The Affluent Society, Pelican, 1962; L. Hannah, The Rise of the Corporate Economy, Methuen, 1976; K. Middlemas, Politics in Industrial Society: The Experience of the British System since 1911, André Deutsch, 1979; H. Perkin, The Rise of Professional Society: England since 1880, Routledge, 1989.
5.
K. Thomas, review of J. Brewer and R. Porter (eds), Consumption and the World bf Goods, Routledge, 1993, in Observer, 7 March 1993.
6.
For First World War rent strikes, see D. Englander, Landlord and Tenant in Urban Britain 1838-1918, Clarendon Press, 1983; for the attitudes of the Labour party towards affluence and consumption, see C. A. R. Crosland, The Future of Socialism, Cape, 1956, esp. pp. 278-94; N. Tiratsoo, "'Popular Politics, Affluence and the Labour Party in the 1950s'", in A. Gorst, L. Johnman and W. Scott Lucas (eds), Contemporary British History 1931-1961: Politics and the Limits of Policy, Pinter, 1991.
7.
T. H. Breen, "'The Meanings of Things: Interpreting the Consumer Economy in the Eighteenth Century'", in Brewer and Porter (eds), Consumption, p. 250.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS vi
  • LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS viii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One CONTEXT 9
  • Chapter 1: CHANGES IN DEMAND 11
  • Chapter 2: CHANGES IN SUPPLY 35
  • Part Two CHANGES 57
  • Chapter 3: SHOPPING 59
  • Chapter 4: TOURISM 82
  • Chapter 5: SPORT 110
  • Part Three CONSEQUENCES 141
  • Chapter 6: THE CONSOLIDATION OF NATIONAL IDENTITY? 143
  • Chapter 7 the Creation of Youth Culture? 164
  • Chapter 8: THE EMANCIPATION OF WOMEN? 180
  • Chapter 9: THE DEFUSION OF CLASS TENSION? 204
  • Conclusion 233
  • NOTES AND REFERENCES 235
  • GUIDE TO FURTHER READING 236
  • Index 240
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