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“To Triumph before Feminine Taste”: Bourgeois Women's Consumption and Hand Methods of Production in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Paris

  • Whitney Walton (a1)

In this article Professor Walton examines the influence of bourgeois women on industrial production in nineteenth-century Paris. She argues that women, as arbiters of taste and consumers for the family, sought art and originality in manufactured goods, and that their demands in turn fostered handicraft and less skilled hand methods of manufacturing as the best means of providing such goods. By establishing the connections between women's roles and bourgeois demand, and between bourgeois demand and hand manufacturing, this study offers a new perspective on the persistence of hand production in France.

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Barbara Welter , “The Cult of True Womanhood: 1820–1860,” American Quarterly 18 (1966); 151–74

Margaret H. Darrow , “French Noble-women and the New Domesticity, 1750–1850,” Feminist Studies 5 (1979): 4165

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William M. Reddy , The Rise of Market Culture: The Textile Trade and French Society, 1750–1900 (New York, 1984)

Richard Roehl , “French Industrialization: A Reconsideration,” Explorations in Economic History 13 (1976): 233–81

Lee Shai Weissbach , “Artisanal Responses to Artistic Decline: The Cabinetmakers of Paris in the Era of Industrialization,” Journal of Social History 16 (1982): 6781

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