Work, Leisure and Consumption

This strand addresses the relationships between work, leisure and consumption from the Middle Ages to the present. We invite researchers to consider these relationships in their broadest sense: addressing the links between markets and societies in and across a number of spheres such as domestic space, welfare systems and global markets, and from a number of perspectives including economic and social theory, government policy and the voices of businessmen and women, workers and the poor.

We welcome papers that focus on specific situations, actors, and contexts and that include analyses of producers, employers, employees, consumers, migrants and other market actors. Issues addressed in this strand include:

  • household budgets, domestic economies and standards of living
  • the ethics of consumption, luxury, social standards, sustainability and environmentalism
  • civil society, the state and the economic and political order
  • intellectuals, economic theory, social critique and the making (or unmaking) of social and market structures
  • globalisation, divergence/convergence, ‘core-periphery’ and other models in global history
  • leisure, culture and economy, the business of culture, the culture(s) of business, innovation and speculation
  • social and cultural worlds of work, the factory and other workplaces as social and cultural spaces
  • the role of media, communication, marketing/advertising and product cultures in the ‘Western world’ and across global cultures

Strand Convenors