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Fanny’s pockets: cotton, consumption and domestic economy, 1780-1840

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This essay utilises new research findings from the Pockets of History project. Intended as a development of, and corrective to, certain dress history narratives, it is significant because it asks a key question: ‘what does the analysis and interpretation of material culture commit scholars to doing?’ It suggests the benefits of a methodology that draws on a full range of techniques and approaches from the emerging field of material culture studies. In the process, we demonstrate the interdependence of textual, visual and material culture and argue for an inclusive social history based on genuine dialogue between what have been discrete disciplines. The social history of these objects, the pockets, and the social worlds within which they were produced and used, we argue, requires a genuinely interdisciplinary inquiry which can draw on histories of technology, trade, business and dress as well as broader processes of socio-economic change, alongside a newer attention to the material properties of objects and a similar recognition of the importance of literary and visual culture records and methods.

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Burman, B. and White, J. (2007) Fanny’s pockets: cotton, consumption and domestic economy, 1780-1840 In, Batchelor, Jennie and Kaplan, Cora (eds.) Women and Material Culture 1650 –1830. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan pp. 31-51.

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Published date: 15 June 2007
Additional Information: This essay utilises new research findings from the Pockets of History project. Intended as a development of, and corrective to, certain dress history narratives, it is significant because it asks a key question: ‘what does the analysis and interpretation of material culture commit scholars to doing?’ It suggests the benefits of a methodology that draws on a full range of techniques and approaches from the emerging field of material culture studies. In the process, we demonstrate the interdependence of textual, visual and material culture and argue for an inclusive social history based on genuine dialogue between what have been discrete disciplines. The social history of these objects, the pockets, and the social worlds within which they were produced and used, we argue, requires a genuinely interdisciplinary inquiry which can draw on histories of technology, trade, business and dress as well as broader processes of socio-economic change, alongside a newer attention to the material properties of objects and a similar recognition of the importance of literary and visual culture records and methods.
Keywords: pocket, dress history, material culture, social history

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Local EPrints ID: 48181
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/48181
ISBN: 0230007058
PURE UUID: e29943c1-9ece-4007-8517-83b46407ba07

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Date deposited: 07 Sep 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:00

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Author: B. Burman
Author: J. White
Editor: Jennie Batchelor
Editor: Cora Kaplan

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