Le travail du précieux : une anthropologie économique des produits de luxe à travers les exemples du parfum et du vin

Abstract : This thesis addresses how the quality of luxury products is constituted. It reviews the literature on luxury and reconsiders how quality is treated in contemporary economic sociology. It contains six empirical chapters, each dedicated to a specific setting, in which the work on perfume and wine (Burgundy) is followed longitudinally: the development of a branded perfume in a large marketing-based firm; a niche perfume designer and manufacturer, the "Éditions de Parfum Frédéric Malle"; natural raw materials processing for fine perfumery at the "Laboratoire Monique Rémy" in Grasse (France); quality improvement by a tradesman specialised in fine wines; wine and vine care in a large estate, the "Domaine Leflaive"; the history and contemporary success of the "Domaine de la Romanée-Conti" estate. The thesis evidences a meshwork of qualification criteria for luxury products, which forbids any automatic reduction relationship between luxury and quality. By considering what appears in its empirical observations, it establishes a theory of "the making of things precious" as an original mode for the qualification and individualisation of products.
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Anne-Sophie Trébuchet-Breitwiller. Le travail du précieux : une anthropologie économique des produits de luxe à travers les exemples du parfum et du vin. Economies et finances. École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, 2011. Français. ⟨NNT : 2011ENMP0099⟩. ⟨pastel-00713690⟩

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