Cups, Caddies, and Castors: Groceries and Domestic Material Culture

Jon Stobart

in Sugar and Spice

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199577927
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744884 | DOI:
Cups, Caddies, and Castors: Groceries and Domestic Material Culture

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This final chapter explores the relationship between the consumption of (new) groceries and changing domestic material culture. The chapter builds on earlier studies of the ownership of goods linked to hot drinks to assess the spread of a much wider set of items linked to the consumption of groceries within the home, arguing that consumption bundles must be broadly conceived and set within the spatiality of the home. Whilst notions of front and back stage are too simplistic to capture the complexities and practicalities of everyday life, they offer a useful shorthand for spatial differentiation in the home. Furthermore, The chapter argues that the bundling of goods around the consumption of imported groceries involved a mixing of new and old goods and practices within the home, and was inspired by a range of motivations rather than a single socially — inclusive cultural shift such as respectability.

Keywords: consumption bundles; room use; domestic practices; inventories; utility; tea equipage

Chapter.  12625 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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