From Goodwill to Grunge: Secondhand Consumerism in the Twentieth-Century United States
Le Zotte, Jennifer, History - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Hale, Grace, History, University of Virginia
"From Goodwill to Grunge" argues that secondhand exchange in the twentieth-century United States was a defining social mechanism and important economic tool. Early in the century, used goods markets helped to craft the infrastructure of a thriving industrial economy, saved the public marketplace, and restructured charitable institutions. Especially after the end of World War II, these so-called “shadow economies” gained a substantial, voluntary consumer following. Secondhand markets became an important resource for the public articulation of minority opinions, including those of anti-capitalists, war protesters, advocates of gender and sexuality equality, and environmentalists.
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Cultural history, fashion, social movements, economics
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