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A Brief History of Thrift

Alison Hulme


This book surveys ‘thrift’ through its moral, religious, ethical, political, spiritual and philosophical expressions, focussing in on key moments such as the early Puritans and Post-war rationing, and key characters such as Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Smiles, and Henry Thoreau. The relationships between thrift and frugality, mindfulness, sustainability, and alternative consumption practices are explained, and connections made between myriad conceptions of thrift and contemporary concerns for how consumer cultures impact scarce resources, wealth distribution, and the Anthropocene. Ultimately, the ... More

Keywords: thrift, frugality, simplicity, austerity, individualism, moralism, solidarity, de-growth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526128836
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526128843


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Hulme, author
University of Northampton