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Idea of Luxury
By Christopher J. Berry

The Idea of Luxury

A Conceptual and Historical Investigation

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Idea of Luxury by Christopher J. Berry

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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 utilised 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. His analytic focus upon the interplay between the notions of need and desire suggests that luxuries fall into four categories - sustenance, shelter, clothing and leisure - and these are exemplified in sources as diverse as classical philosophy and contemporary advertising.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521466912
ISBN-10: 0521466911
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 292
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jun-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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