Place of residence and consumption patterns. The Penedès and Barcelona, 1770-1790

Authors

  • Belén Moreno Claverías Universidad Autònoma de Madrid

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v15i31.19664

Keywords:

Pautas de consumo, Moda, Lujo, Lugar de Residencia

Abstract

Research on the transformation of consumption patterns in pre-industrial Europe –which was sometimes qualified as «revolutionary»– reveal a substantial impact of the expansion of consuming luxury goods and fashion on the habits of the urban population starting with the 18th Century. Yet, what happened in the rural areas while luxury and fashion consumption spread like plague over the large cities? The purpose of this article is to compare, based on the analysis of post-mortem inventories, the impact of this phenomenon on rural and urban areas, and to determine the relationship between the residence variable and consumption. The analysis takes into account three spatial environments: the countryside (small villages, hamlets and isolated houses in the current area of Alt Penedés), the town (Vilafranca del Penedés, capital of the area) and the city (Barcelona).

Published

2017-07-25

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