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Consumerism in Twentieth-Century Britain

The Search for a Historical Movement

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Consumerism in Twentieth-Century Britain by Matthew Hilton
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This book is the first comprehensive history of consumerism as an organised social and political movement. Matthew Hilton offers a groundbreaking 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 engagement too often overlooked in existing accounts of twentieth-century history. He explores how the consumer and consumerism came to be regarded by many as a third force in society with the potential to free politics from the perceived stranglehold of the self-interested actions of employers and trade unions. Finally he recovers the visions of countless consumer activists who saw in consumption a genuine force for liberation for women, the working class and new social movements as well as a set of ideas often deliberately excluded from more established political organisations.

Author Biography

Matthew Hilton is Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Birmingham and the author of Smoking in British Popular Culture, 1800-2000 (2000).
Release date NZ
November 13th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
6 Halftones, unspecified
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
396
Dimensions
152x228x30
ISBN-13
9780521831291
Product ID
1772316

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