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Fashioning a Market: The Singer Sewing Machine in Colonial Lanka

Nira Wickramasinghe

in Cultures in Motion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691159096
eISBN:
9781400849895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691159096.003.0006
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter examines the role of the Singer sewing machine in fashioning a consumer market in colonial Lanka, now known as Sri Lanka. More specifically, it narrates the fashioning of a market ... More


Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan

Andrew Gordon

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267855
eISBN:
9780520950313
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267855.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Since its early days of mass production in the 1850s, the sewing machine has been intricately connected with the global development of capitalism. This book traces the machine's remarkable journey ... More


Selling and Consuming Modern Life

Andrew Gordon

in Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267855
eISBN:
9780520950313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267855.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter shows that women and men in Japan defined their nation through cultural battles, including one over the merits of machine-made Western dress versus the hand-stitched kimono. The Singer ... More


Sewing Machines

Edward Beatty

in Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520284890
eISBN:
9780520960558
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284890.003.0004
Subject:
History, Latin American History

Sewing machines provide the first of three detailed case studies. Sewing machines represent a class of small-scale, multiuse technologies, typically sold as products themselves and integrated into ... More


War Machines at Home

Andrew Gordon

in Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267855
eISBN:
9780520950313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267855.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

As both object of desire and tool for reform, the sewing machine tracks the story of an expanding consumer society in an era of wartime modernity. The war is said to have interrupted both the spread ... More


Meiji Machines

Andrew Gordon

in Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267855
eISBN:
9780520950313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267855.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Manjiro's sewing machine was certainly the first to find its way into an ordinary Japanese home. The sewing machine was among those objects that carried into Japan new and at times contentious ideas ... More


The American Way of Selling

Andrew Gordon

in Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267855
eISBN:
9780520950313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267855.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The renowned selling system developed in America that was brought to Japan in 1900 had by then taken firm shape as a product of trans-Atlantic and transnational experience. The Singer system helped ... More


Introduction

Andrew Gordon

in Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520267855
eISBN:
9780520950313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267855.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This book explores the spread of the sewing machine into and throughout Japan. The sewing machine was so caught up in the development of capitalism worldwide that two of the most important critics of ... More


Modernizing Goods

David Arnold

in Everyday Technology: Machines and the Making of India's Modernity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226922027
eISBN:
9780226922034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226922034.003.0019
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the technology transfer from the West to colonial India, and describes how and when everyday technologies or commodities came to India. It first discusses how sewing machines ... More


Technology, Race, and Gender

David Arnold

in Everyday Technology: Machines and the Making of India's Modernity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226922027
eISBN:
9780226922034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226922034.003.0028
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the issues of how, by whom, and to whom small machines were sold, or by what other routes they encapsulated, transgressed, or transformed racial boundaries and gender divisions. ... More


The Unusual Origins of a Sewing Machine Fortune

James C. Nicholson

in Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813141671
eISBN:
9780813142470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813141671.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The second chapter describes how a failed actor named Isaac Merritt Singer created a global sewing machine empire during the Industrial Revolution with the help of his partner Edward Clark, the ... More


Cultures in Motion

Daniel T. Rodgers, Bhavani Raman, and Helmut Reimitz (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691159096
eISBN:
9781400849895
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691159096.001.0001
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This book offers new conceptual vocabularies for understanding how cultures have trespassed across geography and social space. From the transformations of the meanings and practices of charity during ... More


The Birth of the Knee-Pants Makers’ Union (memoir; 1924)

Bernard Vaynshteyn

in Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814757437
eISBN:
9780814763469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter is a memoir of the knee-pants makers' strike of 1890, which marked a period of nearly constant unrest among Jewish workers. Nine hundred knee-pants makers had gone on a general strike ... More


Being There

John H. Lienhard

in The Engines of Our Ingenuity: An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195135831
eISBN:
9780197565483
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195135831.003.0019
Subject:
Environmental Science, Social Impact of Environmental Issues

We come at last to the forbidden first person, the I am. No story is right until the teller is part of it. Yet a peculiar mischief is abroad in the land of science and engineering. It is a mischief ... More


Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry

James C. Nicholson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813141671
eISBN:
9780813142470
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813141671.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Never Say Die tells the story of the first Kentucky-bred winner of the Epsom Derby, whose historic 1954 victory in Europe’s most famous race sent shockwaves through the world of Thoroughbred racing. ... More


Introduction

Robert B. Gordon and Patrick M. Malone

in The Texture of Industry: An Archaeological View of the Industrialization of North America

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195058857
eISBN:
9780197561089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195058857.003.0004
Subject:
Archaeology, North American Archaeology

As people in northern Europe and North America industrialized their societies, they transformed the scale and the social setting of work and created opportunities for the use of new skills. They ... More


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