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Desmond Fitz-Gibbon
Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA 01075-1461)
Assembling the Property Market in Great Britain, 1750-1925

This book project seeks to explain how the property market was made in modern Britain. Covering a period from 1750 to 1925, and based on the study of several institutional and cultural sites for the commoditization of property, the book argues that while land had been commercially traded well before this period, it was only in the nineteenth-century that "the property market" emerged as a coherent and visible realm of economic life. This emergence was made possible through the diverse agencies of auctioneers and estate agents, journalists, legal reformers, architects and land reform activists. In thinking about the property market as a process to be explained, rather than presumed, this research contributes to wider efforts in the humanities and social sciences to understand the economy as a historically and culturally contingent practice of everyday life.

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Project fields:
British History; Cultural Anthropology; Economic History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 7/31/2014