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A brief history of thrift

By Alison Hulme

A brief history of thrift
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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5596-2
  • Pages: 152
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: February 2021
  • BIC Category: Economics, Personal finance, Economic history, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, Society & social sciences / Geopolitics, Economics, finance, business & management / Economic & financial crises & disasters, Society & social sciences / Cultural studies

Description

This book surveys 'thrift' through its moral, religious, ethical, political, spiritual and philosophical expressions, focussing in on key moments such as the early Puritans and Post-war rationing, and key characters such as Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Smiles and Henry Thoreau. The relationships between thrift and frugality, mindfulness, sustainability, and alternative consumption practices are explained, and connections made between myriad conceptions of thrift and contemporary concerns for how consumer cultures impact scarce resources, wealth distribution, and the Anthropocene. Ultimately, the book returns the reader to an understanding of thrift as it was originally used - to 'thrive' - and attempts to re-cast thrift in more collective, economically egalitarian terms, reclaiming it as a genuinely resistant practice.

Contents

Introduction
1 Religious thrift: Puritans, Quakers and Benjamin Franklin
2 Individualist thrift: Victorians, Individualism, and Samuel Smiles
3 Spiritual thrift: Simplicity, anti-consumption and Henry Thoreaux
4 Nationalist thrift: revolution, depression and world wars
5 Consumer thrift: race, responsibility and rights
6 Ecological thrift: frugality, nature and anti-Capitalism
7 Ideological thrift: One Nation Tories and the current Age-of-Austerity
Conclusion
Index

Author

Alison Hulme lectures in International Development at the University of Northampton

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