This course examines the role of consumption and commodities in the making of the modern world, focusing largely but not exclusively on the history of European and North American societies. In general, the course covers the role of consumption in the Industrial Revolution and the evolution of capitalism to the present day, as well as the history of commodities and advertising in a number of different settings. Specific topics to be discussed include the cultural history of shopping; competing models of consumer psychology and behavior; gifts, sacred objects and alternative systems of exchange and value; mass consumption in post-World War II America.22 February 1996: consumption diary
Spring semester. Timothy Burke.
26 March 1996: Student Consumption
26 March 1996: subliminity
8 May 1996: text history in progress.
late paper: Breening