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Consumerism in twentieth-century Britain : the search for a historical movement

Author: Matthew Hilton
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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"This book is the first comprehensive history of consumerism as an organised social and political movement. Matthew Hilton offers a ground-breaking account of consumer movements, ideologies and organisations in twentieth-century Britain. He argues that in organisations such as the Co-operative movement and the Consumers' Association individual concern with what and how we spend our wages led to forms of political  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Additional Physical Format: Print version
Hilton, Matthew.
Consumerism in twentieth-century Britain.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Hilton
ISBN: 0521831296 9780521831291 052153853X 9780521538534
OCLC Number: 51942551
Description: xiii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Socialism, co-operation, free trade and fair trade : the politics of consumption in the nineteenth century --
Revolutionary shoppers : the Consumers' Council and scarcity in World War One --
The right to live : consumer 'ideology' in inter-war Britain --
The price of depression : consumer politics in inter-war Britain --
Austerity to affluence : the twilight of the politics of necessity --
The new consumer : good housewives and enlightened businessmen --
The professionals : the origins of the organised consumer movement --
Individualism enshrined : the state and the consumer in the 1960s --
The right to shop : consumerism and the economy --
The duty of citizens : consumerism and society --
Affluence or effluence : globalisation and ethical consumerism --
The quantity or the quality of choice.
Other Titles: Consumerism in 20th century Britain
Responsibility: Matthew Hilton.
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