Consumerism and the Emergence of the Middle Class in Colonia (BOK)

Christina J. Hodge

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This interdisciplinary study presents compelling evidence for a revolutionary idea: that to understand the historical entrenchment of gentility in America, we must understand its creation among non-elite people: colonial middling sorts who laid the groundwork for the later American middle class. Focusing on the daily life of Widow Elizabeth Pratt, a shopkeeper from early eighteenth-century Newport, Rhode Island, Christina J. Hodge uses material remains as a means of reconstructing not only how Mrs Pratt lived, but also how these objects reflect shifting class and gender relationships in this period. Challenging the 'emulation thesis', a common assumption that wealthy elites led fashion and culture change while middling sorts only followed, Hodge shows how middling consumers were in fact discerning cultural leaders, adopting genteel material practices early and aggressively. By focusing on the rise and emergence of the middle class, this book brings new insights into the evolution of consumerism, class, and identity in colonial America.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Christina J. Hodge
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9781107034396
Antall sider 224 Dimensjoner 18,3cm x 26,3cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 772 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd