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Modernity and the Second-Hand Trade
European Consumption Cultures and Practices, 1700-1900
Edited by Jon Stobart and Ilja Van Damme
 
 
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30 Nov 2010
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A continuing desire for the new is often seen as a core cultural value of Western society, interwoven with the fabric of modernity itself. This has led to a conceptual and empirical neglect of 'alternative' consumer practices, including the consumption of second-hand goods. Rather than dismissing these as evidence of the inadequacies of pre-modern systems of production and exchange, this book seeks to redefine the relationship between modernity and the second-hand trade. It brings together the latest research on second-hand exchange and consumption in a range of western European countries during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Through a series of detailed studies, a different picture of the second-hand trade emerges: systems of exchange are seen to be resilient and innovative; used items are recognised as desirable consumer goods, and both buyers and sellers are revealed as being engaged in 'modern' practices. This innovative study is essential reading for all those interested in consumption studies.


Description

A continuing desire for the new is often seen as a core cultural value of Western society, interwoven with the fabric of modernity itself. This has led to a conceptual and empirical neglect of 'alternative' consumer practices, including the consumption of second-hand goods. Rather than dismissing these as evidence of the inadequacies of pre-modern systems of production and exchange, this book seeks to redefine the relationship between modernity and the second-hand trade. It brings together the latest research on second-hand exchange and consumption in a range of western European countries during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Through a series of detailed studies, a different picture of the second-hand trade emerges: systems of exchange are seen to be resilient and innovative; used items are recognised as desirable consumer goods, and both buyers and sellers are revealed as being engaged in 'modern' practices. This innovative study is essential reading for all those interested in consumption studies.


Contents


List of Tables and Illustrations
Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Modernity and the Second-Hand Trade: Themes,Topics and Debates; J.Stobart & I.Van Damme
PART I: THE NATURE OF SECOND-HAND
What's New? Legal Discourse on Second-Hand Goods in Early Nineteenth Century Stockholm; M.Wottle
'All but the kitchen sink': Household Sales and the Circulation of Second-Hand Goods in Early Modern England; S.Pennell
A Stolen Garment or a Reasonable Purchase? The Male Consumer and the Illicit Second-Hand Clothing Market in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century; A.Toplis
Second-Hand Dealing in Bruges, c. 1750-1870: Continuity and Change in a Modernising Town; I.Van Damme
The Polarisation of the Second-Hand Market for Furniture in the Nineteenth Century; C.Edwards & M.Ponsonby
'Souvenirs of people who have come and gone': Second-Hand Furnishings and the Anglo-Indian Domestic Interior, 1840-1920; R.D.Jones
PART II: BUYING AND SELLING SECOND-HAND GOODS
'Old books - new bound'? Selling Second-Hand Books in England, c.1680-1850; I.Mitchell
Power to the Broker: Shifting Authorities over Public Sales in Eighteenth-century Antwerp; D.Lyna
Going for a Song? Country House Sales in Georgian England; R.MacArthur & J.Stobart
Chairs and Tables under the Hammer: Second-Hand Consumption of Furniture in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century in Sweden; S.Murhem, G.Ulväng K.Lilja
'Consuming Identities': Patterns of Consumption at Three Eighteenth-century Cape Auctions; T.Randle
The English Church Jumble Sale: Parochial Charity in the Modern Age; V.Richmond
Bibliography
Index



Authors


JON STOBART is Professor of Social History at the University of Northampton, UK. His research currently centres on consumption and the country house, and on the retailing and consumption of groceries in the period 1650-1850, on which he is writing a book for Oxford University Press.

ILJA VAN DAMME is a Member of the Centre for Urban History, and Postdoctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders. He wrote and presented research on such diverse topics as consumption preferences, fashion and taste, advertising and shopping.