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Thrift and Thriving in America
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Thrift and Thriving in America: Capitalism and Moral Order from the Puritans to the Present

Joshua Yates and James Davison Hunter


This book is about the seminal importance of thrift to American culture and history. Underpinning the diversity of disciplinary perspectives presented in this volume are two overarching claims. First, far from the narrow rendering of thrift as a synonym of saving and scrimping, thrift possesses a surprising capaciousness and dynamism. Second, the idiom of thrift has, in one form or another, served as the primary language for articulating the normative dimensions of economic life throughout much of American history. This book puts thrift in this more expansive light where it reveals its rich an ... More

Keywords: thrift, American culture, saving, scrimping, capaciousness, dynamism, American history, thriving, good society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199769063
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769063.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Yates, editor
University of Virginia

James Davison Hunter, editor
University of Virginia

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