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Luxury in an Age of Austerity

Philip Dodd explores our passion for luxury in an age of austerity. Is our desire for luxury a sin or simply a fundamental aspect of human nature?

Philip Dodd explores our passion for luxury in an age of austerity. Is it a sin or simply the inevitable expression of our human nature? How has our understanding of luxury changed over the centuries? Should we embrace it or shy away? To examine these questions Philip is joined by Giles Fraser, who found himself in the spotlight during the controversy over the Occupy protest at St Paul's; Chris Sanderson, who writes for Luxury Briefing; the author of Luxury Fever, Robert Frank; Maxine Berg who's an expert on luxury in the 18th century; and the historian, Michael Scott, who's made a study of luxury in the Ancient World.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

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