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An Artisan Elite in Victorian Society
Kentish London 1840-1880

ISBN 9781138647114
Published November 30, 2017 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1978. Mid-Victorian Britain was relatively stable in comparison with the turbulent period that preceded it, and that stability is in part explained by the emergence of an artisan elite with a specific relationship to the society around it. This book examines that elite: its clubs and societies, co-operatives and building societies; its values and ideology, challenging the notion that these artisans directly absorbed middle-class values; its politics, tracing the evolution from Chartism through the Reform League and on to a radical liberalism which existed in constant tension with the local liberal middle class.

A careful reconstruction of the social, political and industrial life of these artisans is set within the context of the local communities, and their understanding of the mid-Victorian society in which they lived is seen as the explanation for their values and activities. This title makes a major contribution towards our understanding of the nineteenth-century working class.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements;  List of Tables and Maps;  1. Introduction  2. The Growth of Kentish Town  3. Occupations and Industry  4. The Impact of the Workplace  5. Elites and the Community  6. The Artisan Elite: I Stratification  7. The Artisan Elite: II Ideology and Values  8. The Co-operative Movement  9. Friendly Societies  10. Political Ideology and Action  11. Conclusion;  List of Sources;  Notes;  Index

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Geoffrey Crossick