MODERNITY AND THE SECOND-HAND TRADE
European Consumption Cultures and Practices, 1700-1900

Edited by JON STOBART and ILJA VAN DAMME
288pp 11 ILLUS 2011 LIST PRICE: £70.00 HA29

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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 neglect of 'alternative' consumer practices, including the consumption of second-hand goods. This book seeks to bring 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.