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By Victoria de Grazia, Ellen Furlough

ISBN-10: 0520201973

ISBN-13: 9780520201972

This quantity brings jointly the main leading edge old paintings at the conjoined topics of gender and intake. In 13 pioneering essays, one of the most vital voices within the box contemplate how Western societies take into consideration and use items, how items form girl, in addition to male, identities, how hard work within the kin got here to be divided among a male breadwinner and a feminine shopper, and the way type and cosmetics form women's notions of themselves and the society within which they reside. jointly those essays symbolize the state-of-the-art in learn and writing in regards to the improvement of contemporary intake practices, gender roles, and the sexual department of work in either the us and Europe.Covering a interval of 2 centuries, the essays diversity from Marie Antoinette's Paris to the burgeoning cosmetics tradition of mid-century the US. They take care of subject matters akin to blue-collar staff' survival suggestions within the interwar years, the anxieties of working-class shoppers, and the efforts of the kingdom to outline women's--especially other halves' and mothers'--consumer identification. Generously illustrated, this quantity additionally contains huge introductions and a accomplished annotated bibliography. Drawing on social, monetary, and paintings background in addition to cultural stories, it presents a wealthy context for the present discourse round intake, fairly when it comes to feminist discussions of gender.

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By looking at the way aristocratic and middle-class Englishmen defined their social and gender identities, we have been able to identify how fashion systems can be regulated by inconspicuous consumption and invidious indistinction. Moving beyond Mandeville and Veblen to understand the role of manly public virtue in English political culture has allowed us to better comprehend the relationship between gender and politics within the consumer society of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England. Transformations in political culture were central to transformations in the relationships between class, clothing, and English masculinity, just as changing attitudes toward class, clothing, and masculinity were key to transformations in English political culture.

Century, ed. Eckhart Hellmuth (London, 1990), 57-118. For a general discussion of English reform and radicalism, see Edward Royle and James Walvin, English Radicals and Reformers, 1760-1848 (Lexington, 1982); John Cannon, Parliamentary Reform, 1640-1832 (Cambridge, 1973); and Ian Christie, Wilkes, Wyvill, and Reform (London, 1962). From John Wilkes to Thomas Paine to William Cobbett, English reformers and radicals drew on the masculinist language of public virtue to redefine citizenship and claim participation in the polity.

See also Hannah More, Thoughts on the Importance of the Manners of the Great to General Society, 4th ed. (Philadelphia, 1808), 9-10. This text was originally published in London. In a polity led by lords and gentlemen, it was "superior example," not merely "legislative power," that held the nation together. Insubordination in dress as well as in politics would be prevented by the manly simplicity of aristocratic men. Edmund Burke looked to "the unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, [and] the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprize" to defend the "age of chivalry" from democratic revolutions.

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