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Andrzej Piotrowski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673049

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673049.001.0001

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Technologies of Thoughtin Victorian England

Technologies of Thoughtin Victorian England

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(p.153) 4 Technologies of Thoughtin Victorian England
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Architecture of Thought
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Andrzej Piotrowski

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673049.003.0004

This chapter explores the reshaping of symbolic thought in nineteenth-century England. It discusses how the scientific disciplines, the arts, philosophy, and advertising mapped the very fabric of thought and gradually learned to control it. Architects became only a fraction of those who started to design lived reality. Buildings and cities were included in the category of mutable constructs that could explore the same issues probed by viewing devices and mass media. In this way, architecture was aligned with forces that succeeded in developing permanently ductile modes of symbolic thought—the foundation of the market economy and the culture of consumerism.

Keywords:   arts, architecture, symbolic thought, advertising, market economy, consumerism, consumer culture

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