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Hilton, Matthew

Works: 20 works in 159 publications in 2 languages and 6,799 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Matthew Hilton
The politics of consumption : material culture and citizenship in Europe and America by M. J Daunton( )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Objects and commodities have frequently been studied to assess their position within consumer - or material - culture, but the politics that lie behind that culture are rarely examined. This volume explores the emergence of the rational consuming individual in modern economic thought; the moral and ideological values consumers have attached to their relationships with commodities; and the practices and theories of consumer citizenship developed alongside and within the expanding state
Consumerism in twentieth-century Britain : the search for a historical movement by Matthew Hilton( )

18 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is the first comprehensive history of consumerism as an organised social and political movement. Matthew Hilton offers a ground-breaking account of consumer movements, ideologies and organisations in twentieth-century Britain. He argues that in organisations such as the Co-operative movement and the Consumers' Association individual concern with what and how we spend our wages led to forms of political engagement too often overlooked in existing accounts of twentieth-century history. He explores how the consumer and consumerism came to be regarded by many as a third force in society with the potential to free politics from the perceived stranglehold of the self-interested actions of employers and trade unions. Finally he recovers the visions of countless consumer activists who saw in consumption a genuine force for liberation for women, the working class and new social movements as well as a set of ideas often deliberately excluded from more established political organisations."--Jacket
Prosperity for all : consumer activism in an era of globalization by Matthew Hilton( )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2018 in English and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: The history of consumerism is about much more than just shopping. Ever since the eighteenth century, citizen-consumers have protested against the abuses of the market by boycotting products and promoting fair instead of free trade. In recent decades, consumer activism has responded to the challenges of affluence by helping to guide consumers through an increasingly complex and alien marketplace. In doing so, it has challenged the very meaning of consumer society and tackled some of the key economic, social, and political issues associated with the era of globalization. In Prosperity for All, the first international history of consumer activism, Matthew Hilton shows that modern consumer advocacy reached the peak of its influence in the decades after World War II. Growing out of the product-testing activities of Consumer Reports and its international counterparts (including which? in the United Kingdom, Que Choisir in France, and Test in Germany), consumerism evolved into a truly global social movement. Consumer unions, NGOs, and individual activists like Ralph Nader emerged in countries around the world-including developing countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America-concerned with creating a more equitable marketplace and articulating a politics of consumption that addressed the needs of both individuals and society as a whole. Consumer activists achieved many victories, from making cars safer to highlighting the dangers of using baby formula instead of breast milk in countries with no access to clean water. The 1980s saw a reversal in the consumer movement's fortunes, thanks in large part to the rise of an antiregulatory agenda both in the United States and internationally. In the process, the definition of consumerism changed, focusing more on choice than on access. As Hilton shows, this change reflects more broadly on the dilemmas we all face as consumers: Do we want more stuff and more prosperity for ourselves, or do we want others less fortunate to be able to enjoy the same opportunities and standard of living that we do? Prosperity for All makes clear that by abandoning a more idealistic vision for consumer society we reduce consumers to little more than shoppers, and we deny the vast majority of the world's population the fruits of affluence
The politics of expertise : how NGOs shaped modern Britain by Matthew Hilton( )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Politics of Expertise' offers a challenging new interpretation of politics in contemporary Britain, through an examination of non-governmental organisations. Using specific case studies of the homelessness, environment, and international aid and development sectors, it demonstrates how politics and political activism has changed over the last half century
Smoking in British popular culture, 1800-2000 : perfect pleasures by Matthew Hilton( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History after Hobsbawm : writing the past for the twenty-first century by John Arnold( )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An essay collection taking its cue from one of the twentieth century's greatest historians, Eric Hobsbawm, this book asks what it is to be a twenty-first-century historian, attempts to help society understand 'how we got here', and introduces some of the most exciting new lines of research in subjects from the medieval period to the present
NGOs in contemporary Britain : non-state actors in society and politics since 1945 by N. J Crowson( Book )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examining the history of social movements & non-state socio-political action, this volume shows how Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have proliferated in Britain since 1945, & how they have raised political agendas, revived associational life, & re-politicized generations disillusioned with the politics of the ballot box
A historical guide to NGOs in Britain : charities, civil society and the voluntary sector since 1945 by Matthew Hilton( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aiming to furnish the reader with the historical data to engage with the debates surrounding the Cameron government's 'Big Society' and civil society, this book gives the reader a greater and more informed historical consciousness of how the NGO sector has grown and influenced."--
The ages of voluntarism : how we got to the Big Society( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In May 2010, Britain's new Coalition government embarked on its journey to the Big Society. But how did we reach this point? Politicians and commentators have long bemoaned the supposed decline of civic life, fretting about its health and its future. In fact, the real story of voluntarism over the last hundred years has not been decline, but constant evolution and change. Whether we use the terms charity, philanthropy, civil society, non-governmental organisations, the third sector or the Big Society, voluntary endeavour is one of the most vibrant and dynamic areas of British public life. The senior, established and exciting new scholars featured in this collection show how the voluntary sector's role in society, and its relationship with the state, has constantly adapted to its surroundings. They have raised new agendas, tackled old problems in new ways, acted as alternatives to statutory provision and as catalysts for further government action. Voluntary groups have emerged out of citizens' concerns, independent of government and yet willing to work with politicians of all persuasions. By surveying the sheer extent and diversity of the sector since the start of the First World War, this volume demonstrates that voluntarism not only continues to thrive, but is also far larger than any political agenda that may be imposed upon it. -- Book Description Website
The expert consumer : associations and professionals in consumer society by Alain Chatriot( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The overview pieces by Hilton and Kroen demonstrate the larger narratives involved in the study of the expert consumer; whilst the more comparative pieces out the nature of transatlantic exchanges and the similarities across seemingly different consumption regimes; and further case studies of organizations and historical moments will draw out the specificities of consumer associations
Transnationalism and contemporary global history by Matthew Hilton( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Au nom du consommateur : consommation et politique en Europe et aux États-Unis au XXe siècle( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in French and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse de la consommation à travers les références culturelles, les identités sociales et les projets politiques qu'elle engage. Les auteurs retracent l'histoire de la consommation au XXe siècle en comparant la France aux Etats-Unis. Ils étudient les mouvements de consommateurs, la politisation de la consommation, les critiques religieuses, idéologiques et morales de la société de consommation
Cultural studies 50 years on : history, practice and politics( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stuart Hall conceptualized his time at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies as a series of interruptions. It was this fluidity that gave rise to Hall's conception of cultural studies as a 'moving target', a fusion of a range of disciplinary approaches that was uniquely influenced by politics in the world beyond the academy. The political commitments of those at the Centre were wide-ranging and, from its embrace of collective ways of research and decision-making to its deployment of various strands of European Marxist theory, had a critical impact on the Centre's working practices. Yet as the diverse work of many of these same scholars has shown, the political climate of the present-day is almost unrecognizable from that of the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, arguably the most productive period in the Centre's history. "Cultural Studies 50 Years On" explores how the political, social and cultural contexts of the early 21st century influenced the object and method of doing cultural studies. In bringing together a historical reassessment of the Centre with present-day questions regarding the future of the field the aim is not to reduce cultural studies to the work of a single, now-defunct institution. Instead it aims to utilize what is a critical moment in the trajectory of the field in order to take stock of where it has come from and to explore where it might be going
Choice and justice : forty years of the Malaysian consumer movement by Matthew Hilton( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transnationalism and contemporary global history( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transnationalism and contemporary global history( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constructing tobacco : perspectives on consumer culture in Britain, 1850-1950 by Matthew Hilton( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transnationalism and contemporary global history( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Smoking in popular British culture, 1800-2000 : perfect pleasures by Matthew Hilton( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This book is a concise history of smoking in British popular culture from the early 19th century to the present day. It explores the culture of the pipe and the cigar in the 19th century, the role of the cigarette in the mass market economy of the early 20th century, and the politics of smoking and health since the 1950s. Combining a wide range of historical sources with examples drawn from film and popular literature, it provides a comprehensive social, cultural, and economic history of smokings
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The politics of consumption : material culture and citizenship in Europe and America
Consumerism in twentieth-century Britain : the search for a historical movementProsperity for all : consumer activism in an era of globalizationSmoking in British popular culture, 1800-2000 : perfect pleasuresNGOs in contemporary Britain : non-state actors in society and politics since 1945The ages of voluntarism : how we got to the Big SocietyThe expert consumer : associations and professionals in consumer societySmoking in popular British culture, 1800-2000 : perfect pleasures
Alternative Names
Hilton, M.

Hilton, Matthew J. 1971-

Hilton, Matthew Professor of Social History, Birmingham

Matthew Hilton British furniture designer

English (153)

French (5)