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Pets in America
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 392

Pets in America

Entertaining and informative, Pets in America is a portrait of Americans' relationships with the cats, dogs, birds, fishes, rodents, and other animals we call our own. More than 60 percent of U.S. households have pets, and America grows more pet-friendly every day. But as Katherine C. Grier demonstrates, the ways we talk about and treat our pets--as companions, as children, and as objects of beauty, status, or pleasure--have their origins long ago. Grier begins with a natural history of animals as pets, then discusses the changing role of pets in family life, new standards of animal welfare, the problems presented by borderline cases such as livestock pets, and the marketing of both animals ...

Culture & Comfort
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 339

Culture & Comfort

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1988-01-01
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Culture and Comfort
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 1204

Culture and Comfort

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1988
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Culture and Comfort
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 280

Culture and Comfort

In Culture and Comfort Katherine C. Grier shows how the design and furnishings of the mid-nineteenth century parlor reflected the self-image of the Victorian middle class. Parlors provided public facades for formal occasions and represented an attempt to resolve the often opposing ideals of gentility and sincerity to which American culture aspired. The book traces the fortunes of the parlor and its upholstery from its early incarnations in “palace” hotels, railroad cars, steamships, and photographers' studios; through its mid-century heyday, when even remote frontier homes could boast “suites” of red plush sofas and chairs; to its slow, uneven metamorphosis into the more versatile li...

Celebrations in wood
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 24

Celebrations in wood

  • Categories: Art
  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1979
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Pukka's Promise
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 452

Pukka's Promise

The award-winning author of Merle's Door draws on cutting-edge research to present a narrative guide to canine care that covers such controversial topics as the comparative health of purebred and mixed-breed dogs, the benefits and consequences of common health-care practices and the ways to identify best pet foods. 150,000 first printing.

CULTURE & COMFORT
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 267

CULTURE & COMFORT

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1997-08-17
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  • Publisher: Smithsonian

"This book is about the waxing and waning of the Victorian parlor, a room whose elaborate decor and accompanying social performances seem, from the perspective of the late twentieth century, emblematic of the artifice, even phoniness, of Victorian culture. It is the story of how tens of thousands of middle-class American families devoted their financial and emotional resources to create rooms that none of them needed, strictly speaking, and that some of them seem rarely to have used."--Preface.

Animal House
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 32

Animal House

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1993
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Abe & Fido
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 176

Abe & Fido

In early 1861, as he prepared to leave his home in Springfield, Illinois, to move into the White House, Abraham Lincoln faced many momentous tasks, but none he dreaded more than telling his two youngest sons, Willie and Tad, that the family's beloved pet dog, Fido, would not be accompanying them to Washington. Lincoln, who had adopted Fido about five years earlier, was afraid the skittish dog wouldn't survive the long rail journey, so he decided to leave the mutt behind with friends in Springfield. Fido had been by Lincoln's side as the prairie lawyer rose from obscurity to the presidency, sometimes carrying bundles of letters from the post office as Lincoln walked the streets of the state c...

Commodifying Everything
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 298

Commodifying Everything

"Commodification" refers most explicitly to the activities of turning things into commodities and of commercialising that which is not commercial in essence. The mass marketing of pets, the rise of the coffin industry, the conversion of preacher into salesmen, and the globalization of Taleggio cheese are some of the exciting but surprising topics in this volume that show how friendship, death, spirituality, and artisanship all have a price after being commodified. This unique collection of essays is a fascinating take on creating consumer products and consumer identities when what's for sale goes well beyond the thing itself. It will be a course-in-a-box for instructors who want to teach their students about commodification.