Frank Trentmann

In early May, after eight weeks in quarantine, Italy embarked on fase 2 of its coronavirus response and, step by step, relaxed its restrictions. From that day, families were once again allowed to meet one another, and restaurants could reopen, if only for takeout. Most shops, bars, and museums reopened in mid-May, while schools and nurseries remained closed. Physical distancing, though, has remained in effect…

“Consuming at a Distance” in: The New Republic, (ISSN 0028-6583), Vol. 251, No. 9, Issue 5044, September 2020. Digital version: “THE UNEQUAL FUTURE OF CONSUMPTION”, (August 2020). 

Articles on Empire of Things:

How Humans Became ‘Consumers’: A History. The Atlantic. November 28, 2016.

Those Wasteful EuropeansThe Atlantic. March 29, 2016.