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Rebecca Pulju

Assistant Professor
I am a historian of modern France, women and gender, and consumer culture.  My book, Women and Mass Consumer Society in Postwar France (Cambridge, 2011), places women and the family at the center of an investigation of social and cultural change following the Second World War.  I both highlight the importance of women's consumer demands during this period, and examine how the family was shaped by the transition from poverty to mass consumer society.  After finishing the book, my interest in how the family was shaped by postwar economic change inspired me to write a chapter on changing ideas about marriage.  I am now beginning a project examining how these ideas affected women's lives and understandings of family and home in the French countryside.  I am particularly interested in social and cultural history and teach courses on politics, culture, society, and gender in modern Europe and modern France.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

“Finding a Grand Amour in Marriage,” in Domestic Tensions, National Anxieties: Global Perspectives on Modern Marriage Crises, edited by Kristin Celello and Hanan Kholoussy.  Forthcoming from Oxford University Press. 

Women and Mass Consumer Society in Postwar France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

"The Woman's Paradise: The American Fantasy, Home Appliances, and Consumer Demand in Liberation France, 1944-1947," in Beth Tobin and Maureen Goggin, eds., Material Women: Consuming Desires and Collecting Objects, 1770-1950 (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2009), 111-124.

 "Consumers for the Nation: Women, Politics and Consumer Organization in France, 1944-1965," in Journal of Women's History 18 (2006): 68-90.

 "Changing Homes, Changing Lives: Material Conditions, Women's Demands, and Consumer Society in Post-World War II France," in 2003 Proceedings of the Western Society for French History (2006).

Rebecca Pulju
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Department of History
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Phone: 330-672-2882
Fax: 330-672-2943
rpulju@kent.edu
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