Men, women and the supply of luxury goods in eighteenth century England: the purchasing patterns of Edward and Mary Leigh

Mark Rothery, Jon Stobart

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Abstract

This book conceives the role of the modern town as a crucial place for material and cultural circulations of luxury. It concentrates on a critical period of historical change, the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, that was marked by the passage from a society of scarcity to one of expenditure and accumulation, from ranks and orders to greater social mobility, from traditional aristocratic luxury to a new bourgeois and even democratic form of luxury. This volume recognizes the notion that luxury operated as a mechanism of social separation, but also that all classes aspired to engage in consumption at some level, thus extending the idea of what constituted luxury and blurring the boundaries of class and status, often in unsettling ways. It moves beyond the moral aspects of luxury and the luxury debates to analyze how the production, distribution, purchase or display of luxury goods could participate in the creation of autonomous selves and thus challenge gender roles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLuxury & Gender in European Towns, 1700-1914
EditorsDeborah Simonton, Marjo Kaartinen, Anne Montenach
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages97-115
Number of pages275
Volume32
ISBN (Electronic)9781315750170
ISBN (Print)9781138803169
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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NameRoutledge studies in cultural history

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    Rothery, M., & Stobart, J. (2015). Men, women and the supply of luxury goods in eighteenth century England: the purchasing patterns of Edward and Mary Leigh. In D. Simonton, M. Kaartinen, & A. Montenach (Eds.), Luxury & Gender in European Towns, 1700-1914 (Vol. 32, pp. 97-115). (Routledge studies in cultural history). Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Luxury-and-Gender-in-European-Towns-1700-1914-1st-Edition/Simonton-Kaartinen-Montenach/p/book/9781138803169