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exclusively at the concept of thrift and the way it has been used politically to encourage and discourage certain socio-​economic behaviours throughout history. It seeks to understand how the concept of thrift has been used and abused over time, and how the thrift-​seeking/​thrift-​avoiding individual subject has been celebrated and chastised accordingly. It is then, part archaeology of thrift –​mining into the uses of a concept; and part anthropology of thrift  –​exploring how interpretations of the concept have resulted in specific forms of everyday life. More crucially

in A brief history of thrift