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Comfort, cleanliness and convenience [electronic resource] : the social organization of normality / Elizabeth Shove.

By: Shove, Elizabeth, 1959-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: New technologies/new cultures series: Publisher: Oxford, England ; New York : Berg, c2003Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 221 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9781845205362 (electronic bk.); 1845205367 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Lifestyles | Health behavior | Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects | Consumers -- Psychology | Hygiene | Life Style | Sanitation | Socioeconomic Factors | Technology -- trends | Electronic books | Style de vie | Habitudes sanitaires | Consommation (�Economie politique) -- Aspect social | Consommateurs -- Psychologie | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture | Kulturwandel | Alltag | Konsumgesellschaft | LebensstilGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Comfort, cleanliness and convenience.DDC classification: 306 Other classification: CV 6500 | LB 40000 | LB 57000 | LC 10000 | QW 300 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Consumption, everyday life and sustainability -- Natural resources and consumer choices -- Cycles of consumption and escalators of demand -- Trajectories and transitions -- Reconfiguring practice -- Method and approach -- The science of comfort: constructing normality -- Defining comfort: a state of mind, an attribute or an achievement? -- Playing God with the indoor climate -- Quantifying comfort -- Qualifying comfort -- Constructing comfort -- The co-evolution of comfort: interdependence and innovation -- Dimensions and dynamics -- Difference and coherence: acquiring and using air-conditioning -- Diffusion, diversity and lighting -- Comfort as collective practice: the siesta -- Reconfiguring comfort -- Regimes of comfort: systems in transition -- Levels, layers and landscapes -- Convergence, abstraction and reversal -- Escalating and standardizing concepts of comfort -- Introducing cleanliness: morality, technology and practice -- Questions of cleanliness -- Morality, technology and practice -- Humours, miasmas and germs -- Dirt and discrimination -- Commodifying cleanliness -- Qualifying cleanliness -- Behind the bathroom door: revolving rationales -- Bathroom consumption -- Reasons and rationales -- Understanding bathing and showering -- Bathtime stories -- Power showering in theory and practice -- Laundering: a system of systems -- Laundering as work -- Escalating standards or redefining service? -- Why wash? -- What is washed? -- When is the laundry done? -- What does 'doing the laundry' involve? -- The laundry as a system of systems -- Laundry habits: integrating practices -- Classifications and categories -- Innovation and tradition -- Millers of meaning and practice -- System and service -- Reconsidering cleanliness -- Reconfiguring routine -- Redefining service -- Convenience, co-ordination and convention -- Convenience and the pace of life -- Co-ordination and fragmentation -- Convenience devices -- Rush and calm -- Convenience and convention -- Ratchets, pinwheels, cogs and spirals -- Regimes, services and the reorganization of normality -- Models and mechanisms.
Summary: Over the past few generations, expectations of comfort, cleanliness and convenience have altered radically, but these dramatic changes have largely gone unnoticed. This intriguing book brings together the sociology of consumption and technology to in vestigate the evolution of these changes, as well the social meaning of the practices themselves. Homes, offices, domestic appliances and clothes play a crucial role in our lives, but not many of us question exactly how and why we perform so many dai ly rituals associated with them. Showers, heating, air-conditioning and clothes washing are simply.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Consumption, everyday life and sustainability -- Natural resources and consumer choices -- Cycles of consumption and escalators of demand -- Trajectories and transitions -- Reconfiguring practice -- Method and approach -- The science of comfort: constructing normality -- Defining comfort: a state of mind, an attribute or an achievement? -- Playing God with the indoor climate -- Quantifying comfort -- Qualifying comfort -- Constructing comfort -- The co-evolution of comfort: interdependence and innovation -- Dimensions and dynamics -- Difference and coherence: acquiring and using air-conditioning -- Diffusion, diversity and lighting -- Comfort as collective practice: the siesta -- Reconfiguring comfort -- Regimes of comfort: systems in transition -- Levels, layers and landscapes -- Convergence, abstraction and reversal -- Escalating and standardizing concepts of comfort -- Introducing cleanliness: morality, technology and practice -- Questions of cleanliness -- Morality, technology and practice -- Humours, miasmas and germs -- Dirt and discrimination -- Commodifying cleanliness -- Qualifying cleanliness -- Behind the bathroom door: revolving rationales -- Bathroom consumption -- Reasons and rationales -- Understanding bathing and showering -- Bathtime stories -- Power showering in theory and practice -- Laundering: a system of systems -- Laundering as work -- Escalating standards or redefining service? -- Why wash? -- What is washed? -- When is the laundry done? -- What does 'doing the laundry' involve? -- The laundry as a system of systems -- Laundry habits: integrating practices -- Classifications and categories -- Innovation and tradition -- Millers of meaning and practice -- System and service -- Reconsidering cleanliness -- Reconfiguring routine -- Redefining service -- Convenience, co-ordination and convention -- Convenience and the pace of life -- Co-ordination and fragmentation -- Convenience devices -- Rush and calm -- Convenience and convention -- Ratchets, pinwheels, cogs and spirals -- Regimes, services and the reorganization of normality -- Models and mechanisms.

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Over the past few generations, expectations of comfort, cleanliness and convenience have altered radically, but these dramatic changes have largely gone unnoticed. This intriguing book brings together the sociology of consumption and technology to in vestigate the evolution of these changes, as well the social meaning of the practices themselves. Homes, offices, domestic appliances and clothes play a crucial role in our lives, but not many of us question exactly how and why we perform so many dai ly rituals associated with them. Showers, heating, air-conditioning and clothes washing are simply.

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