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Marianne in the Market: Envisioning Consumer Society in Fin-de-Siecle France

Lisa Tiersten


In the late nineteenth century, controversy over the social ramifications of the emerging consumer marketplace beset the industrialized nations of the West. In France, various commentators expressed concern that rampant commercialization threatened the republican ideal of civic-mindedness as well as the French reputation for good taste. The female bourgeois consumer was a particularly charged figure because she represented consumption run amok. Critics feared that the marketplace compromised her morality and aesthetic discernment, with dire repercussions for domestic life and public order. Thi ... More

Keywords: consumer marketplace, France, bourgeois, nineteenth century, capitalism, consumerism, marketplace modernism, tasteful consumption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520225299
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225299.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Tiersten, author