‘Superior Quality’: Exploring the nature of cost, quality and value in historical archaeology
Part of the Cost, quality and value in historical archaeology project
Author(s): Penny Crook
This dissertation represents an exploration of three key concepts in nineteenth-century consumerism: cost, quality and value. Broadly conceived as an archaeology of consumption, it evaluates the role these concepts play in approaching the archaeological material culture of the modern world. It interweaves two primary strands of inquiry: one, a consumption-theory driven study of trade catalogues to analyse the cost and promotion of 19th-century tablewares; and two, a close study of production flaws observed in archaeological sherds. These culminate in a consideration of how these goods may have been valued in their cultural context, and whether archaeologists are well placed to interpret such values.
Cite this Record
‘Superior Quality’: Exploring the nature of cost, quality and value in historical archaeology. Penny Crook. Doctoral Dissertation. La Trobe University, Archaeology Program, School of Historical & European Studies, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. 2008 ( tDAR id: 377841) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8CZ36G3
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
129 Lambeth Road (Lambeth, England) • Albert Embankment (Lambeth, England) • Burslem Market Place (Stoke-on-Trent, England) • Cumberland and Gloucester Streets site (The Rocks) • Norfolk House (Lambeth, England)
min long: 151.189; min lat: -33.88 ; max long: 151.218; max lat: -33.844 ;
Individual & Institutional Roles
Principal Investigator(s): Penny Crook
TDAR ID(s): 6819
FAIMS ID(s): repo.fedarch.org/project/6819
Administration Note: This project was created in tDAR in 2012 and merged with a companion project in the FAIMS Collection in 2016.
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