Marginality in a Connected World: Consumption and Consumerism in 19th-Century Rural Ireland
Author(s): Andrew Webster
Although, the rural Irish are often characterized as a geographically and economically isolated people, their material culture reveals that in the nineteenth century, they were part of a growing global economy—one that circulated both goods and people around the British Empire and beyond. While the industrial revolution and the spread of capitalism allowed for greater access to a variety of goods for the rural Irish, they also maintained a class system that perpetually confined the rural poor to marginalized positions within society. These men and women negotiated this system through their consumption of material goods to create a sense of self and a cultural identity. This paper uses archaeological and historical data to explore the economic and anthropological processes of trade, exchange, availability, and access at the local, national, and international levels.
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Marginality in a Connected World: Consumption and Consumerism in 19th-Century Rural Ireland. Andrew Webster. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432071)
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