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'Rogues and Vagabonds'
Vagrant Underworld in Britain 1815-1985

ISBN 9781138950900
Published April 26, 2017 by Routledge
266 Pages

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Book Description

In this lively social history, first published in 1988, Lionel Rose explores in detail the plight of the street poor between 1815 and 1985. He describes the Victorian ‘Rogues and Vagabonds’ who made elicit peddling, begging frauds and other petty crime their profession. He considers the relevant legislation and systems for coping with the street poor, from the 1824 Vagrancy Act and accompanying improvements in policing, through the casual ward systems of the workhouses and the role of common lodging houses, to the development of Social Services in the 1940s and local authority provision of accommodation. This title will be of interest to students of history, criminology and sociology.

Table of Contents

Illustrations;  Acknowledgements;  1. Migrants, Itinerants and the Vagrancy Law 1815-20  2. Pass Abuses and the Vagrancy Act of 1824  3. Mendicity Societies, and Poor Casual Relief to the 1840s  4. A Gallery of Beggars (I) Sick Lurkers, Praters and Screevers  5. A Gallery of Beggars (II) Children  6. Crypto-Beggars: Pedlars, Crossing-Sweepers and Buskers  7. ‘Dens of Infamy’: Thieves’ Kitchens and Tramps’ Lodging Houses  8. Model Lodging Houses, the Sally Ann and Rowton’s  9. Lodging House Society  10. An Outline of the Casual Ward System, 1842-1914  11. ‘The Vicious Shilling’: Indiscriminate Charity and its Enemies, from 1860  12. The Freedom to Itch, and the Itch to be Free  13. A Statistical Capsule: Tramp Levels, Trade and Seasonal Cycles  14. Men’s Tramp and Ward Underlife to 1939  15. The ‘Perambulatory Dustbin’: Homeless Women and Their Shelter to 1939  16. Child Vagrancy to 1939  17. Vagrancy Act Enforcement to 1914  18. The First World War and Inter-War Depression  19. Casual Ward Developments 1918-45  20. Some Vagrant Types and Conditions between the Wars  21. Begging and Charity between the Wars  22. Vagrants, Crime and the Vagrancy Act 1935  23. Britain 1945-70: the Roofless, the Rootless and the Welfare State  24.Homelessness and the Official Response 1970-85  25. From Lodging House to Bed and Breakfast Hotel: the Story to Date  26. ‘Horizontal Meffers’ and Other Contemporary Vagrant Types  27. ‘Lazy Lewd Loiterers’: the Vagrancy Act to Date and the Inglorious History of ‘Sus’;  ‘Trampoloquia’: a Select Glossary of Tramp Cant;  Select Bibliography and Abbreviations;  Notes and References;  Index

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