An everyday life of the English Working Class : work, self and sociability in the Early Nineteenth Century
Steedman, Carolyn (2013) An everyday life of the English Working Class : work, self and sociability in the Early Nineteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107046214Full text not available from this repository.
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This book concerns two men, a stockingmaker and a magistrate, who both lived in a small English village at the turn of the nineteenth century. It focuses on Joseph Woolley the stockingmaker, on his way of seeing and writing the world around him, and on the activities of magistrate Sir Gervase Clifton, administering justice from his country house Clifton Hall. Using Woolley's voluminous diaries and Clifton's magistrate records, Carolyn Steedman gives us a unique and fascinating account of working-class living and loving, and getting and spending. Through Woolley and his thoughts on reading and drinking, sex, the law and social relations, she challenges traditional accounts which she argues have overstated the importance of work to the working man's understanding of himself, as a creature of time, place and society. She shows instead that, for men like Woolley, law and fiction were just as critical as work in framing everyday life.
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Place of Publication:||Cambridge|
|Official Date:||December 2013|
|Number of Pages:||312|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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