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Social Opulence and Private Restraint: The Consumer in British Socialist Thought Since 1800

Noel Thompson


This volume represents a unique study of the place of the consumer and consumption in the political economy of British socialism, from its early-nineteenth-century origins through to the consumer-focused New Labourism and political economies critical of consumerism articulated by the late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century Left. The work considers socialist discussion of the potentialities and dangers of abundance; consumers’ rationality, freedom, sovereignty and capacity to choose; their malleability and acquisitiveness; the morality implications of consumption; the satisfactions of co ... More

Keywords: socialism, political economy, consumption, consumer, material culture, citizen-consumer, consumerism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646012
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646012.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noel Thompson, author
Professor of History, Swansea University