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Debate: Consumption between morality and pleasure

How should we as historians think about consumption? Is it possible to separate the rise of the history of consumption from the rise of consumerism itself, or is the history of consumption too entangled in the very processes that it seeks to study to be able to maintain sufficient critical distance from its topic of study?

This session will consist of a debate about the strenths and weaknesses of the historical approach to consumption. What aspects of the module have you found most compelling or most dissatisfying?