Shopping and the senses: retail, browsing and consumption in 18th-century England

Dyer, Serena (2014) Shopping and the senses: retail, browsing and consumption in 18th-century England. History Compass, 12 (9) . pp. 694-703. ISSN 1478-0542 (doi:10.1111/hic3.12189)

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Interest in the senses has blossomed over the last decade, leading to numerous explorations of touch, smell, sound, taste and sight throughout history. Increasingly, historians are considering how this sensory methodology can enrich other fields of historical study. This article explores the potential for sensory history to open new avenues of thought in the field of urban consumption history. Focusing on the period of the so called ‘consumer revolution’, this article promotes a reassessment of shopping in 18th-century English towns. This intersection of consumption history and sensory history encourages us to rethink numerous aspects of the process of shopping in the 18th century, including browsing, gender, urban space and agency. This article begins by assessing the current state of scholarship in these two branches of historical enquiry, before considering how their juncture impacts research moving forward.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
A. > Library and Student Support > Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA)
Item ID: 22689
Depositing User: Serena Dyer
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 14:34
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 18:02

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