The Idea of Luxury: A Conceptual and Historical Investigation (Ideas in Context)

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In this far-ranging and innovative study Christopher Berry explores the meanings and ramifications of the idea of luxury. Insights from political theory, philosophy and intellectual history are utilized in a sophisticated conceptual analysis that is complemented by a series of specific historical investigations. Dr. Berry suggests that the value attached to luxury is a crucial component in any society's self-understanding, and shows how luxury has changed from being essentially a negative term, threatening social virtue, to a guileless ploy supporting consumption.

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Suggesting that the value attached to luxury is a crucial component in any society's self-understanding, this innovative study reveals how luxury has changed from being essentially a negative term, threatening social virtue, to a guileless ploy supporting consumption.

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CHRISTOPHER J. BERRY, ESQ. is a VA Accredited Certified Elder Law attorney who has helped countless families plan for and navigate the long-term care legal maze with his unique and innovative legal strategies and holistic approach to elder law and estate planning. He is one of a handful of Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the nation and an Adjunct Professor of Law. He educates lawyers, financial professionals, social workers and families in need on estate planning and elder law.

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