This book explores the sumptuary laws that regulated conspicuous consumption in respect to dress, ornaments, and food that were widespread in late medieval and early modern Europe. It argues that sumptuary laws were attempts to stabilize social recognizability in the urban `world of strangers' and in the governance of cities. The gendered character of sumptuary laws are viewed as components of `gender wars'. These laws are explored as projects directed at the reform of popular culture and in their links to the governance of vagrancy and of popular recreation. This study challenges the view that the sumptuary actually died and develops an argument that in the modern world the regulation of consumption persists, but becomes dispersed throughout a range of both public and private forms of governance. The conclusions stresses the persistence of projects of governance of personal appearance and of private consumption.
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Book Description Palgrave Macmillan. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 031212922X Good+ in a Very Good dust jacket; Hardcover; Clean jacket with no tears (Now fitted with a new, Brodart jacket protector); Very light wear to the boards; About 10 isolated spots of foxing, otherwise clean text-block edge; Inside pages are completely unmarked except for aforementioned foxing spots, where are also visible to the page edges of affected areas; The binding is excellent with a straight spine; This book will be stored and delivered in a sturdy cardboard box with foam padding; Medium Format (8.5" - 9.75" tall); Red and black dust jacket with vintage painting of a man & lady, and title in black lettering; 1996, Palgrave MacMillan Publishing; 466 pages; "Governance of the Consuming Passions: A History of Sumptuary Law," by Alan Hunt. Bookseller Inventory # SKU-U09DD08206286
Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG031212922X