Deborah Cohen


On her book Household Gods: The British and their Possessions

Cover Interview of December 08, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Modern consumer society has its roots in early nineteenth-century religious fervor.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The manner by which the Victorians reconciled their newfound prosperity with moral good is a crucial step in the making of modern materialism.”

On the second:

“Taste—no less than occupation, religion, or political affiliation—should be considered a crucial ingredient in the making of middle-class Britain.”