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An Everyday Life of the English Working Class

Steedman, Carolyn

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ISBN 10: 1107670292 / ISBN 13: 9781107670297
Published by Cambridge University Press
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2014. 1st Edition. Paperback. Unique and fascinating account of English working-class life at the turn of the nineteenth century by celebrated historian Carolyn Steedman. Num Pages: 309 pages, 8 b/w illus. 2 tables. BIC Classification: 1DBKE; 3JH; HBJD1; HBLL; HBTB. Category: (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 152 x 226 x 17. Weight in Grams: 462. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781107670297

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Title: An Everyday Life of the English Working ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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This book concerns two men, a stockingmaker and a magistrate, who both lived in a small English village at the turn of the nineteenth century. It focuses on Joseph Woolley the stockingmaker, on his way of seeing and writing the world around him, and on the activities of magistrate Sir Gervase Clifton, administering justice from his country house Clifton Hall. Using Woolley's voluminous diaries and Clifton's magistrate records, Carolyn Steedman gives us a unique and fascinating account of working-class living and loving, and getting and spending. Through Woolley and his thoughts on reading and drinking, sex, the law and social relations, she challenges traditional accounts which she argues have overstated the importance of work to the working man's understanding of himself, as a creature of time, place and society. She shows instead that, for men like Woolley, law and fiction were just as critical as work in framing everyday life.

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A unique and fascinating account of English working-class life at the turn of the nineteenth century. Through Joseph Woolley and his thoughts on reading and drinking, sex, the law and social relations, leading historian Carolyn Steedman challenges traditional views of how the working man understood himself and society around him.

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