‘Hand-me-down’ Childrenswear and the Middle-class Economy of Nearly New Sales

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Abstract

Technological innovation, societal changes and the rise of consumer culture are all considered responsible for a society structured more around the individual, than the community (Hovland and Wolburg 2010). In Western societies, the contemporary consumer is more likely to rely on supermarkets or online shopping to fulfil their basic needs (and consumer desires) as opposed to their local family and neighbours, who historically would have relied on one another to assist in family provisioning and care work, particularly in times of austerity (Putnam 2000). As stated by Lunt and Livingstone (1992: 149):
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSharing Economies in Times of Crisis
Subtitle of host publicationPractices, Politics and Possibilities
EditorsAnthony Ince, Sarah Marie Hall
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter7
Pages96-109
Number of pages14
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781317337706
ISBN (Print)9781138959415
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Frontiers of Political Economy

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    Waight, E. (2017). ‘Hand-me-down’ Childrenswear and the Middle-class Economy of Nearly New Sales. In A. Ince, & S. M. Hall (Eds.), Sharing Economies in Times of Crisis: Practices, Politics and Possibilities (1 ed., pp. 96-109). (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy). London: Routledge.