4. Consumption, technology and final overview


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Some features of consumption, both why people consume and how their consumption shapes their world – with special reference to particular consumables. The effects of technology on our world, and how technological ‘progress’ occurs – the long curve of human technologies.

Hann, C., chapter 9; Sahlins, chapter 1
Mintz, S., Sweetness and Power: the place of sugar in the modern economy (1986)
Macfarlane, A and I., Green Gold: the empire of tea (2002)
Mokyr, J., The Lever of Riches: technological creativity and economic power (1986)
M.Douglas and B.Isherwood, The World of Goods; towards an anthropology of consumption (1979)
D.Miller (ed.), Acknowledging Consumption (1995)


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