Making Social Knowledge in the Victorian City: The Visiting Mode in Manchester, 1832-1914, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Making Social Knowledge in the Victorian City

The Visiting Mode in Manchester, 1832-1914, 1st Edition

By Martin Hewitt


144 pages

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Hardback: 9780367135683
pub: 2019-07-22
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This study explores the ‘ecology of knowledge’ of urban Britain in the Victorian period and seeks to examine the way in which Victorians comprehended the nature of their urban society, through an exploration of the history of Victorian Manchester, and two specific case studies on the fiction of Elizabeth Gaskell and the campaigns for educational extension which emerged out of the city. It argues that crucial to the Victorians' approaches was the ‘visiting mode’ as particular discursive formation, including its institutional foundations, its characteristic modes and assumptions, and the texts which exemplify it. Recognition of the importance of the visiting mode, it is argued, offers a fundamental challenge to established Foucauldian interpretations of nineteenth century society and culture, and provides an important corrective to recent scholarship of nineteenth century technologies of knowing.

Table of Contents

List of figures



Introduction: the ‘statistical moment’ and its limits

The Visiting Mode

The Cartographic Imaginary

Gaskell’s Manchester: the Visiting Mode in Fiction

The Case of Educational Reform




About the Author

Martin Hewitt is Professor of History at Anglia Ruskin University

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century