Europe's mediation junction: technology and consumer society in the twentieth century

R. Oldenziel, A.A. Albert de la Bruhèze, O. Wit, de

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    This article reviews the literature on the relationship between consumption and technological development to understand the character of Europe's 20th-century trajectory, i.e. the hidden integration of Europe long before the formal process of unification started. Within the rich historiography, the paper focuses on the intersection between production and consumption, where a range of social actors and institutions sought to represent consumers and mediate consumption. It is at this juncture of mediation that social actors and institutions negotiated the mediated design and the appropriation of new products and technologies. The paper further historicizes the juncture of mediation by introducing the European politics of the state, marketplace, and civil society within the context of economic crises, world wars, revolutionary changes, post-war reconstruction, and cold war. By looking at the mediation junction, a conceptual frame is offered to understand the connection, the disconnection, or the reconfiguration of technologies and consumer identities in 20th-century Europe. In a final section, the article suggests new avenues for research to examine the hidden integration of Europe.
    Originele taal-2Engels
    Pagina's (van-tot)107-139
    Aantal pagina's33
    TijdschriftHistory and Technology
    Nummer van het tijdschrift1
    StatusGepubliceerd - 2005


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