The Social Life of Coffee

In this lively book, Brian Cowan locates the answers to these questions in the particularly British combination of curiosity, commerce, and civil society.

Author: Brian Cowan

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300133502

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 526

What induced the British to adopt foreign coffee-drinking customs in the seventeenth century? Why did an entirely new social institution, the coffeehouse, emerge as the primary place for consumption of this new drink? In this lively book, Brian Cowan locates the answers to these questions in the particularly British combination of curiosity, commerce, and civil society. Cowan provides the definitive account of the origins of coffee drinking and coffeehouse society, and in so doing he reshapes our understanding of the commercial and consumer revolutions in Britain during the long Stuart century. Britain’s virtuosi, gentlemanly patrons of the arts and sciences, were profoundly interested in things strange and exotic. Cowan explores how such virtuosi spurred initial consumer interest in coffee and invented the social template for the first coffeehouses. As the coffeehouse evolved, rising to take a central role in British commercial and civil society, the virtuosi were also transformed by their own invention.

A History of Global Consumption

62 Brian William Cowan, The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British
Coffeehouse (New Haven CT: Yale ... 65 Cowan, The SocialLife ofCoffee, 38¥41
66 Edward Pocoke,The Natureof theDrink Kahue, orCoffee, andthe Berryof ...

Author: Ina Baghdiantz McCabe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317652649

Category: History

Page: 302

View: 710

In A History of Global Consumption: 1500 – 1800, Ina Baghdiantz McCabe examines the history of consumption throughout the early modern period using a combination of chronological and thematic discussion, taking a comprehensive and wide-reaching view of a subject that has long been on the historical agenda. The title explores the topic from the rise of the collector in Renaissance Europe to the birth of consumption as a political tool in the eighteenth century. Beginning with an overview of the history of consumption and the major theorists, such as Bourdieu, Elias and Barthes, who have shaped its development as a field, Baghdiantz McCabe approaches the subject through a clear chronological framework. Supplemented by illlustrations in every chapter and ranging in scope from an analysis of the success of American commodities such as tobacco, sugar and chocolate in Europe and Asia to a discussion of the Dutch tulip mania, A History of Global Consumption: 1500 – 1800 is the perfect guide for all students interested in the social, cultural and economic history of the early modern period.

Sugar in the Social Life of Medieval Islam

the mid-fifteenth century when the Ethiopian coffee plant was brought to the
Mocha (al-Mukhā) region of western Yemen. They roasted the beans of the plant
(bunn), ground them, and drank the boiled grounds as coffee. This may very well

Author: Tsugitaka Sato

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004281568

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 889

In Sugar in the Social Life of Medieval Islam, Tsugitaka Sato explores actual day-to-day life in medieval Muslim societies through sugar cultivation, production, and trade, and sugar’s use as a sweetener, a medicine, and a symbol of power.

The Viennese Caf and Fin de Si cle Culture

Ulla Heise's Coffee and Coffee-houses is a wide-ranging study exploring the
evolution of the coffeehouse as a social and ... Giving an alternative picture of the
social life of the café, W. Scott Haine presents a fascinating insight into the role ...

Author: Charlotte Ashby

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857457659

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 311

The Viennese café was a key site of urban modernity around 1900. In the rapidly growing city it functioned simultaneously as home and workplace, affording opportunities for both leisure and intellectual exchange. This volume explores the nature and function of the coffeehouse in the social, cultural, and political world of fin-de-siècle Vienna. Just as the café served as a creative meeting place within the city, so this volume initiates conversations between different disciplines focusing on Vienna at the beginning of the twentieth century. Contributions are drawn from the fields of social and cultural history, literary studies, Jewish studies and art, and architectural and design history. A fresh perspective is also provided by a selection of comparative articles exploring coffeehouse culture elsewhere in Eastern Europe.

The Social Life of Things

When the Yemeni revolution of 1962 and the subsequent civil war disrupted
coffee exports , most coffee farmers began to replant their fields with qat , which
could be marketed locally . The return of peace in 1968 and subsequent attempts
by ...

Author: Arjun Appadurai

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521357265

Category: Social Science

Page: 329

View: 362

Three of the papers were presented to the Ethnohistory Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania during 1983-84; the others were presented at a Symposium on the Relationship between Commodities and Culture, held May 23-25, 1984, in Philadelphia. Includes bibliographies and index.

Reading Fictions 1660 1740

Florishing Lyes ' : Coffee - House Wit in the Restoration When the hoax Moses
his Tombe was published in late 1656 , coffee ... For the government ' s suspicion
of coffee - house politics , see Cowan , The Social Life of Coffee , Chapter 7 ; and

Author: Kate Loveman

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754662372

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

View: 696

Kate Loveman explores the ways in which seventeenth- and eighteenth-century reading habits were applied to and shaped genres. Examining works by authors such as Defoe, Swift, Richardson and Fielding, she recovers a lost critical discourse through which authors and readers interrogated, mocked, and elaborated fictions. Her lively book offers a striking new approach to Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and politics, in particular to understanding the development of the novel.

The Exchange Artist

For my own work on the topic, see “Coffeehouses Everywhere and Not a Drop to
Drink: Coffee and Identity in Provincial ... Enlightenment—ground zero for coffee
historians—is Brian W. Cowan, The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the ...

Author: Jane Kamensky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101202777

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 777

The riveting story of the country's first banking scandal in the first decades of the American republic This enthralling historical narrative of the birth of speculative capitalism in America opens in the 1790s when financial pioneer-turned-confidence-man Andrew Dexter, Jr. created a pyramid scheme founded on real estate speculation and the greed of banks, who freely printed the paper money he needed to finance the then tallest building in the United States-the Exchange Coffee House, a 153-room, seven-story colossus in downtown Boston. The story of Dexter's rise and eventual collapse offered an object lesson to the rising young nation, and presents striking parallels to the subprime mortgage meltdown and looming economic collapse of today.

Cosmopolitanisms in Muslim Contexts

On cultures of coffee consumption, see B. Cowan, The Social Life of Coffee: The
Emergence of the British Coffeehouse (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005)
and R. Hattox, Coffee and Coffee-Houses: The Origins of a Social Beverage in ...

Author: Derryl N MacLean

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074865609X

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 961

Focuses on moments in world history when cosmopolitan ideas and actions pervaded specific Muslim societies and cultures, exploring the tensions between regional cultures, isolated enclaves and modern nation-states.

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption

In The Social Life of Coffee (2005), I examined the emergence of a new
coffeehouse public sphere in seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Britain,
a social form that Habermas had identified as a paradigmatic example for his

Author: Frank Trentmann

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199561214

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 695

View: 498

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption offers a timely overview of how our understanding of consumption in history has changed in the last generation.

The Invention of News

Aytoun Ellis, The Penny Universities: A History of the Coffee-House (London:
Secker & Warburg, 1956); Heinrich Jacob, ... reprinted Short Hills, NJ: Burford
Books, 1998); Brian Cowan, The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the
British ...

Author: Andrew Pettegree

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300206224

Category: History

Page: 453

View: 753

“A fascinating account of the gathering and dissemination of news from the end of the Middle Ages to the French Revolution” and the rise of the newspaper (Glenn Altschuler, The Huffington Post). Long before the invention of printing, let alone the daily newspaper, people wanted to stay informed. In the pre-industrial era, news was mostly shared through gossip, sermons, and proclamations. The age of print brought pamphlets, ballads, and the first news-sheets. In this groundbreaking history, renowned historian Andrew Pettegree tracks the evolution of news in ten countries over the course of four centuries, examining the impact of news media on contemporary events and the lives of an ever-more-informed public. The Invention of News sheds light on who controlled the news and who reported it; the use of news as a tool of political protest and religious reform; issues of privacy and titillation; the persistent need for news to be current and for journalists to be trustworthy; and people’s changing sense of themselves and their communities as they experienced newly opened windows on the world. “This expansive view of news and how it reached people will be fascinating to readers interested in communication and cultural history.” —Library Journal (starred review)

Writing Food History

Both of these historians of early modern England have fruitfully explored various
facets of the social and cultural history of medical and ... Brian Cowan's The
Social Life of Coffee (2005) is not simply another luxury-commodity biography.

Author: Kyri W. Claflin

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 0857852175

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 119

The vibrant interest in food studies among both academics and amateurs has made food history an exciting field of investigation. Taking stock of three decades of groundbreaking multidisciplinary research, the book examines two broad questions: What has history contributed to the development of food studies? How have other disciplines - sociology, anthropology, literary criticism, science, art history - influenced writing on food history in terms of approach, methodology, controversies, and knowledge of past foodways? Essays by twelve prominent scholars provide a compendium of global and multicultural answers to these questions. The contributors critically assess food history writing in the United States, Africa, Mexico and the Spanish Diaspora, India, the Ottoman Empire, the Far East - China, Japan and Korea - Europe, Jewish communities and the Middle East. Several historical eras are covered: the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, Early Modern Europe and the Modern day. The book is a unique addition to the growing literature on food history. It is required reading for anyone seeking a detailed discussion of food history research in diverse times and places.

Food and Urbanism

... coffeehouse public sphere'. EighteenthCentury Studies 37.3, pp. 345–66.
Cowan, Brian (2004b), 'the rise of the coffeehouse reconsidered'. The Historical
Journal 47.01, pp. 21–46. Cowan, Brian (2005), The Social Life of Coffee:
Curiosity, ...

Author: Susan Parham

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0857854747

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

View: 470

Cities are home to over fifty percent of the world's population, a figure which is expected to increase enormously by 2050. Despite the growing demand on urban resources and infrastructure, food is still often overlooked as a key factor in planning and designing cities. Without incorporating food into the design process – how it is grown, transported, and bought, cooked, eaten and disposed of – it is impossible to create truly resilient and convivial urbanism. Moving from the table and home garden to the town, city, and suburbs, Food and Urbanism explores the connections between food and place in past and present design practices. The book also looks to future methods for extending the 'gastronomic' possibilities of urban space. Supported by examples from places across the world, including the UK, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Romania, Australia and the USA, the book offers insights into how the interplay of physical design and socio-spatial practices centred around food can help to maintain socially rich, productive and sustainable urban space. Susan Parham brings together the latest research from a number of disciplines – urban planning, food studies, sociology, geography, and design – with her own fieldwork on a range of foodscapes to highlight the fundamental role food has to play in shaping the urban future.

Social Life in the Reign of Queen Anne

As the coffee - houses occupied so prominent a part in the social economy of the
time , a very brief notice of some of the best known will be of interest . Anderton's
is still in Fleet Street , beloved of Freemasons and literary men . Batson's , in ...

Author: John Ashton



Category: Great Britain

Page: 474

View: 855

Carefully selected passages show how people lived and died in the early 18th century.

Religion and Women in Britain c 1660 1760

Thomas Burger and Frederick Lawrence (Cambridge, MA, 1989), p. 18. For a
critique of this notion as it actualized itself – or failed to do so, see Brian Cowan,
The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse (New Haven
, ...

Author: Dr Hannah Smith

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472405587

Category: History

Page: 228

View: 741

The essays contained in this volume examine the particular religious experiences of women within a remarkably vibrant and formative era in British religious history. Scholars from the disciplines of history, literary studies and theology assess women's contributions to renewal, change and reform; and consider the ways in which women negotiated institutional and intellectual boundaries. The focus on women's various religious roles and responses helps us to understand better a world of religious commitment which was not separate from, but also not exclusively shaped by, the political, intellectual and ecclesiastical disputes of a clerical elite. As well as deepening our understanding of both popular and elite religious cultures in this period, and the links between them, the volume re-focuses scholarly approaches to the history of gender and especially the history of feminism by setting the British writers often characterised as 'early feminists' firmly in their theological and spiritual traditions.

Mother Leakey and the Bishop

Cowan, B.,The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse (
New Haven, Conn., 2005). Cowman, D., 'The Reformation Bishops of the
Diocese of Waterford and Lismore', Decies, 27 (1984). Cressy,D.,Birth, Marriage,
and ...

Author: Peter Marshall

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191579920

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 515

Halloween 1636: sightings of the ghost of an old woman begin to be reported in the small English coastal town of Minehead, and a royal commission is sent to investigate. December 1640: a disgraced Protestant bishop is hanged in the Irish capital, Dublin, after being convicted of an 'unspeakable' crime. In this remarkable piece of historical detective work, Peter Marshall sets out to uncover the intriguing links between these two seemingly unconnected events. The result is a compelling tale of dark family secrets, of efforts to suppress them, and of the ways in which they finally come to light. It is also the story of a shocking seventeenth-century Church scandal which cast its shadow over religion and politics in Britain and Ireland for the best part of three centuries, drawing in a host of well known and not-so-well-known characters along the way, including Jonathan Swift, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Walter Scott. A fascinating story in its own right, Mother Leakey and the Bishop is also a sparkling demonstration of how the telling of stories is central to the way we remember the past, and can become part of the fabric of history itself.

Constructing Social Research

In essence, the social researcher answers the question, “What is this—the
phenomenon being studied—a case of?” The social life of a coffee house
provides a case of accomplished noninteraction. Framing by case (that is,
answering the ...

Author: Charles C. Ragin

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412960185

Category: Social Science

Page: 235

View: 890

Constructing Social Research: The Unity and Diversity of Method, Second Edition is a concise, innovative text designed for Research Methods courses in the Social Sciences. The main goal of this Sociology for a New Century Series text is to show unity within the diversity of activities called social research. The first part of the book tackles questions like “What is social research?” “How does it differ from journalism, documentary film-making, or laboratory research in the natural sciences?” and “What is the researcher’s obligation to those he or she is studying?” The book also covers the how the various goals of social researchers shape the strategies they use and the representations of social life they construct. The latter part of the book is structured around the typical emphases of each tradition: qualitative research on commonalities, comparative research on diversity, and quantitative research on relationships among variables. These are not rigid divisions and research designs often blend aspects of each tradition in creative ways. Regardless of the approach, the process of representing social life through research involves a dialogue of ideas (“theory”) and evidence (“data”). The model of social research put forth by Ragin and Amoroso is not as restrictive as the scientific method and encompasses social research ranging from research examining the complexities of everyday life to research investigating the power of transnational processes.

The English Virtuoso

William Pittis, Some Memoirs of the Life of John Radcliffe, M.D. (London, 1715),
pp. ... 1 (2004): 151–83; and Brian Cowan, The Social Life of Coffee: The
Emergence of the British Coffeehouse (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press,

Author: Craig Ashley Hanson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226315878

Category: Art

Page: 316

View: 608

This study aims to overturn 20th-century criticism that cast the English virtuosi of the 17th and early 18th centuries as misguided dabblers, arguing that they were erudite individuals with solid grounding in the classics, deep appreciation for the arts and sincere curiosity about the natural world.