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The Culture of the Market : Historical Essays - Thomas L. Haskell

The Culture of the Market

Historical Essays

Hardcover Published: 3rd August 2010
ISBN: 9780521444682
Number Of Pages: 556

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Scholars have only recently begun to appreciate the extent to which the norms and practices that foster market societies have been shifting. Not only has 'the market' been perceived and represented differently in different epochs; it has also been experienced differently, brought into being within dissimilar political and social settings, and has given rise to new and various forms of intellectual and imaginative activity. The thirteen essays collected in this volume belong to a new historical endeavour deriving from the recognition that the experiences and feelings engendered by the historical development of market societies have been, and still remain, open to a broad range of interpretations. They share, too, the characteristic accents of a new approach to cultural history, in which careful examination of actions, texts, and artifacts is accompanied by an open-mindedness about what their examination reveals.

' ... impressive standard of scholarship ... ' Times Literary Supplement

Acknowledgments
List of contributors
Plates
Introduction: the culture of the market
Market Regimes Old and New
The ruling class in the market place: nobles and money in early modern France
Territorial gardens: the control of land in seventeenth-century French formal gardens
Money, equality, fraternity: freemasonry and the social order in eighteenth-century Europe
Market culture, reckless passion and the Victorian reconstruction of punishment
Personality and Authority in the Age of Capital
New cultural heroes in the early national period
Preserving 'the natural equality of rank and influence' liberalism, republicanism and equality of condition in Jacksonian politics
Banking on language: the currency of Alexander Bryan Johnson
The Lens of 'High' Culture
An entrepreneur in spite of himself: Edgar Degas and the market
A Yankee Diogenes: Thoreau and the market
Need and honour in Balzac's Pere Goriot: reflections on a vision of laissez-faire society
Agency and Structure
The reformist dimensions of Talcott Parsons's early social theory
The strange career of The Lonely Crowd: or the antinomies of autonomy
Persons as uncaused causes: John Stuart Mill, The Spirit of Capitalism, and the 'invention'of formalism
Index
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ISBN: 9780521444682
ISBN-10: 0521444683
Series: Murphy Institute Studies in Political Economy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 556
Published: 3rd August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.98