Thrift and thriving in America : capitalism and moral order from the Puritans to the present


Thrift and thriving in America : capitalism and moral order from the Puritans to the present

edited by Joshua J. Yates and James Davison Hunter

Oxford University Press, c2011

  • : cloth

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Includes index



Thrift and Thriving in America is a collection of groundbreaking essays from leading scholars across the humanities and social sciences on the seminal importance of thrift to American culture and history. Underpinning the rich diversity of disciplinary perspectives presented in this volume are two overarching claims. First, far from the narrow rendering of thrift as a synonym of saving and scrimping, thrift possesses a surprising capaciousness and dynamism. Second, the idiom of thrift has, in one form or another, served as the primary language for articulating the normative dimensions of economic life throughout much of American history. Thrift and Thriving in America puts thrift in this more expansive light where it reveals its rich and compelling etymology: thrift originally referred to the condition of "thriving." This deeper meaning has always operated as the subtext of thrift and at times has even been invoked to critique more restricted notions of thrift. So understood, thrift moves beyond the instrumentalities of "more or less" and begs the question: what does it mean and take to thrive? Examining how Americans have answered this question not only provides insight into evolving meanings of material well-being, but also into the changing understandings of the good life and the good society more generally. In these essays, thrift becomes a powerful, but evolving moral idea and practice that has indelibly marked the character of American life since its earliest days. Thrift remains, if perhaps in unexpected and counter-intuitive ways, a key to the complex issues of contemporary and economic life.


Chapter 1 Introduction: The Question of Thrift, James Davison Hunter and Joshua J. Yates Part I: The Emergence of Thrift in Early America, 1630-1880 Chapter 2 The Controversial Virtue of Thrift in the Early American Republic, Daniel Walker Howe Chapter 3 The Prehistory of American Thrift, Deirdre McCloskey Chapter 4 Saving Grace and Moral Striving: Thrift in Puritan Theology, James Calvin Davis and Charles Mathewes Chapter 5 Thrift and Prosperity, Stephen Innes Chapter 6 Moderation in the First Era of Popular Consumption, Joyce Appleby Chapter 7 Spreading the Gospel of Self-Denial: Thrift and Association in Antebellum America, Kathleen D. McCarthy Chapter 8 African Americans, Slavery, and Thrift from the Revolution to the Civil War, Patrick Rael Part II: The Modernization of Thrift: Years of Transition and Transformation, 1880-1950 Chapter 9 The Modernization of Thrift, T. J. Jackson Lears Chapter 10 Thrift and Moral Formation, James Davison Hunter Chapter 11 The Virtue of Consumption: Challenging Thrift in an Age of Transition, Lawrence B. Glickman Chapter 12 Thrift and Advertising, Jennifer Scanlon Chapter 13 Hard Payments: Consumer Credit and Thrift, Lendol Calder Chapter 14 Mass Philanthropy as Public Thrift for an Age of Consumption, Olivier Zunz Chapter 15 Immigrants and Thrift, David M. Reimers Chapter 16 Saving for Democracy: Thrift, Sacrifice, and the World War II Bond Campaigns, Kiku Adatto Part III: Thriving After Thrift? Prosperity & Crisis since 1950 Chapter 17 Why Do Americans Save So Little and Does It Matter?, Robert H. Frank Chapter 18 The Rise and Fall of "Collective Thrift": Social Insurance, Economic Planning, and the Decline of Modern American Liberalism, Steven Fraser Chapter 19 Middle-Class Respectability in 21st Century America: Work and Lifestyle in the Professional-Managerial Stratum, Steven Brint and Kristopher Proctor Chapter 20 Thrift in the Other America, Wilson Brissett Chapter 21 Thrift and Waste in American History: An Ecological View, J. R. McNeill and George Vrtis Chapter 22 Disputing Abundance: The Antiglobalization Protest Movement and Our Changing Natural Imaginary, Joshua J. Yates Chapter 23 Conclusion: Thrift & Thriving: Toward a Moral Framework for Economic Life, Joshua J. Yates and James Davison Hunter

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