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Description - The Idea of Luxury by Christopher J. Berry

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521466912
ISBN-10: 0521466911
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 292
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jun-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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