First published in 1982, this book is concerned with the tensions between continuity and change in customs, rituals, beliefs of artisans, factory workers and sections of the lower middle classes in the nineteenth century. It explores a range of factors which contributed to changes in custom, including the effects of urbanisation, conflict over the use of public land, new conceptions of public order, the decline of the oral tradition and the growth of a new recreational nexus in the larger cities. Drawing on material from all parts of the British Isles, the book demonstrates the enormous variety and diversity of popular tradition.
This book will be of interest to those studying Victorian history.
Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; 1. Introduction: Persistence and Change in Nineteenth-century Popular Culture Robert D. Storch 2. The Decline of the Oral Tradition in Popular Culture David Vincent 3. Methodism, Popular Beliefs and Village Culture in Cornwall, 1800-50 John Rule 4. ‘Please to Remember the Fifth of November’: Conflict, Solidarity and Public Order in Southern England, 1815-1900 Robert D. Storch 5. The Lancashire Wakes in the Nineteenth Century John K. Walton and Robert Poole 6. Interpreting the Festival Calendar Wakes and Friars as Carnivals Douglas A. Reid 7. Secrecy, Ritual and Folk Violence: The Opacity of the Workplace in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century Clive Behagg 8. Custom, Capital and Culture in the Victorian Music Hall Peter Bailey; Notes on the Contributors; Index