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Title :

The sensibility of comfort

Author :
CROWLEY, John E. ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Begins by relating a new emphasis on physical comfort to the 18th c. consumer revolution. Then traces how theories of political economy in the first half of the 18th c. made comfort a legitimizing motive for popular consumption patterns. By mid century, the imperatives of physical comfort had focused scientific and technological expertise on more amenable designs of the domestic environment. By the last decades of the century, the ideal of physical comfort had sufficient ideological force for humanitarians to incorporate it in their appeals for social justice toward the poor, the incarcerated, and the enslaved, groups whose lack of comfort indicated the crucial need to remedy their circumstances. At the end of the 18th c., physical comfort could be asserted as a right of the unprivileged and a humanitarian responsibility of the propertied. Includes discussion of clothing, furnishings, food, and provisions for hygiene and warmth. ;
Pagination/Size :
8 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Ameublement ; Architecture domestique ; Chauffage ; Classe sociale ; Confort ; Consommation ; Costume ; Culture matérielle ; Hygiène ; Idéologie ; Sentiment ; Vie domestique ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Comfort ; Consumerism ; Costume ; Domestic architecture ; Domestic life ; Furnishings ; Heating ; Hygiene ; Ideology ; Material culture ; Sentiment ; Social classes ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
The American historical review, 1999, 104, 3, June
INIST identifier :
24969013 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0002-8762 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
American Historical Association, Washington, DC
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;