Routledge Revivals: East End Underworld (1981): Chapters in the Life of Arthur Harding, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Routledge Revivals: East End Underworld (1981)

Chapters in the Life of Arthur Harding, 1st Edition

Edited by Raphael Samuel

Routledge

355 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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First published in 1981, this book examines the life of Arthur Harding, a well-known figure in the East End underworld during the first half of the twentieth century. The first five chapters survey his life in the ‘Jago’ slum between 1887 and 1896, offering a different view of an often vilified district. The subsequent phases of his life as a cabinet-maker, street trader and wardrobe dealer reflect the changing fortunes of the East End from hand-to-mouth conditions in the late-nineteenth century to comparative security in the 1930s.

The reader is introduced to some of the major features of East End life — back-street enterprise, neighbourhood solidarity, politics and popular culture. Among the many themes that can be traced are the relationship between the underworld and the local working-class community; the collusive understanding established between villains and the police; the effects of the criminalisation of street betting; and the relationship between Jews, non-Jews and what the author terms ‘half-jews’ in a district of high immigration. Drawn from transcripts of recorded reminiscences, this book provides an important text for understanding the political economy of crime — extended by the authors extensive footnotes and a preface discussing the peculiar moral complexion of south-west Bethnal Green.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 Inside the Jago 2 Relatives 3 Home life 4 Out and about 5 Totting and busking 6 Bacon Street and Queen’s Buildings 7 Criminal apprenticeship 8 Gibraltar Gardens 9 Cabinet-making 10 The terrors of Brick Lane 11 Jews and half-Jews 12 Vendettas 13 Prison years, 1911-22 14 Gambling 15 Dealings with the police 16 Marriage 17 Wardrobe dealing 18 Domestic life and social change 19 The Gold rush 20 A shop in Brick Lane 21 Politics and philosophy of life; A glossary of underworld talk; Notes; Index

Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 Inside the Jago 2 Relatives 3 Home life 4 Out and about 5 Totting and busking 6 Bacon Street and Queen’s Buildings 7 Criminal apprenticeship 8 Gibraltar Gardens 9 Cabinet-making 10 The terrors of Brick Lane 11 Jews and half-Jews 12 Vendettas 13 Prison years, 1911-22 14 Gambling 15 Dealings with the police 16 Marriage 17 Wardrobe dealing 18 Domestic life and social change 19 The Gold rush 20 A shop in Brick Lane 21 Politics and philosophy of life; A glossary of underworld talk; Notes; Index

About the Series

Routledge Revivals: History Workshop Series

First published between 1975 and 1991, this set reissues 13 volumes that originally appeared as part of the History Workshop Series. This series of books, which grew out of the journal of the same name, advocated ‘history from below’ and examined numerous, often social, issues from the perspectives of ordinary people. In the words of founder Raphael Samuel, the aim was to turn historical research and writing into ‘a collaborative enterprise’, via public gatherings outside of a traditional academic setting, that could be used to support activism and social justice as well as informing politics.

Some of the topics examined in the set include: mineral workers, rural radicalism, and the lives and occupations of villagers in the nineteenth century; working class association; the development of left-wing workers theatre and the changing attitudes to mass culture across the twentieth century; the changing fortunes of the East End at the turn of the century; the position of women from the nineteenth century to the present; the miners’ strike of 1984-5; the social and political images of late-twentieth century London; and a three volume analysis of the myriad facets of English patriotism. This set will be of interest to students of history, sociology, gender and politics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HIS037070
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HIS054000
HISTORY / Social History
SOC026030
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOC050000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
SOC051000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society