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The History of Retailing and Consumption


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Initially published by Ashgate, Routledge welcomed the History of Retailing and Consumption book series to the fold in 2016. The series aims to explore all aspects of the broad field and to date, themes have included retailing, fashion, design and food with studies spanning the whole gamut of historical eras from ancient times to the twentieth century.

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Cultures of Selling: Perspectives on Consumption and Society since 1700

Cultures of Selling: Perspectives on Consumption and Society since 1700

1st Edition

Laura Ugolini, John Benson
November 07, 2018

The study of consumption and its relationship to cultural and social values has become a vibrant and important field in recent years. Hitherto however, relatively few detailed and full length works on this topic have been published. In what will become a seminal volume, this book examines retail...

The Expert Consumer: Associations and Professionals in Consumer Society

The Expert Consumer: Associations and Professionals in Consumer Society

1st Edition

Alain Chatriot, Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel
October 09, 2017

Recent work has focused on the politics of consumption and its manifestation in a number of situations. This volume extends these debates, providing a tighter focus and contributing to a noticeable gap in the field that numerous scholars are beginning to turn towards: that is, organizations of...

Furniture-Makers and Consumers in England, 1754–1851: Design as Interaction

Furniture-Makers and Consumers in England, 1754–1851: Design as Interaction

1st Edition

Akiko Shimbo
August 02, 2017

Covering the period from the publication of Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Makers' Director (1754) to the Great Exhibition (1851), this book analyses the relationships between producer retailers and consumers of furniture and interior design, and explores what effect dialogues...

Perceptions of Retailing in Early Modern England

Perceptions of Retailing in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Nancy Cox, Karin Dannehl
March 31, 2017

Whilst there has been much recent scholarly work on retailing during the early modern period, less is known about how people at the time perceived retailing, both as onlookers, artists and commentators, and as participants. Centred on the general theme of perceptions, the authors address this gap...

Turning Houses into Homes: A History of the Retailing and Consumption of Domestic Furnishings

Turning Houses into Homes: A History of the Retailing and Consumption of Domestic Furnishings

1st Edition

Clive Edwards
March 31, 2017

From the earliest times, people have striven to turn their houses into homes through the use of decoration and furnishings, stimulating in turn a major commercial sector dedicated to offering the products and services essential to feed the ever-changing dictates of domestic fashion. Whilst there...

From Physick to Pharmacology: Five Hundred Years of British Drug Retailing

From Physick to Pharmacology: Five Hundred Years of British Drug Retailing

1st Edition

Louise Hill Curth
February 27, 2017

From Physick to Pharmacology addresses the important, albeit neglected history of the distribution and sale of medicinal drugs in England from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. The social history of early medicine and the evolution of British retailing are two areas that have attracted...

Making, Selling and Wearing Boys' Clothes in Late-Victorian England

Making, Selling and Wearing Boys' Clothes in Late-Victorian England

1st Edition

Clare Rose
November 28, 2016

There has been a great deal of recent interest in masculine clothing, examining both its production and consumption, and the ways in which it was used to create individual identities and to build businesses, from 1850 onwards. Drawing upon a wide range of sources this book studies the interaction...

Men and Menswear: Sartorial Consumption in Britain 1880–1939

Men and Menswear: Sartorial Consumption in Britain 1880–1939

1st Edition

Laura Ugolini
November 11, 2016

Despite increasing academic interest in both the study of masculinity and the history of consumption, there are still few published studies that bring together both concerns. By investigating the changing nature of the retailing of menswear, this book illuminates wider aspects of masculine identity...

The Force of Fashion in Politics and Society: Global Perspectives from Early Modern to Contemporary Times

The Force of Fashion in Politics and Society: Global Perspectives from Early Modern to Contemporary Times

1st Edition

Beverly Lemire
October 03, 2016

Throughout history, fashion has emerged as one of the most powerful driving forces determining the political, economic and social ramifications of the production, distribution and circulation of goods. Indeed fashion, especially in relation to clothing and textiles, shapes the relationship between...

Clothing Culture, 1350-1650

Clothing Culture, 1350-1650

1st Edition

Catherine Richardson
September 09, 2016

Addressing the subject of clothing in relation to such fundamental issues as national identity, social distinction, gender, the body, religion and politics, Clothing Culture, 1350-1650 provides a springboard into one of the most fascinating yet least understood aspects of social and cultural...

Crime, Gender and Consumer Culture in Nineteenth-Century England

Crime, Gender and Consumer Culture in Nineteenth-Century England

1st Edition

Tammy C. Whitlock
September 09, 2016

Whilst the actual origins of English consumer culture are a source of much debate, it is clear that the nineteenth century witnessed a revolution in retailing and consumption. Mass production of goods, improved transport facilities and more sophisticated sales techniques brought consumerism to the...

Buying for the Home: Shopping for the Domestic from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

Buying for the Home: Shopping for the Domestic from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

1st Edition

Margaret Ponsonby, David Hussey
September 09, 2016

Buying for the Home is a book about the experiences and also the polarities of shopping and the home. It analyses the ways in which the agencies and discourses of the retail environment mesh with the processes of physical and imaginative re-creation that constitute the domestic space, teasing out...

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