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‘Superior Quality’: Exploring the nature of cost, quality and value in historical archaeology

Author(s): Penny Crook

Year: 2008

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Summary

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.


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‘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


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Spatial Coverage

min long: 151.189; min lat: -33.88 ; max long: 151.218; max lat: -33.844 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Principal Investigator(s): Penny Crook


Record Identifiers

TDAR ID(s): 6819

FAIMS ID(s): repo.fedarch.org/project/6819

Notes

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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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America