9781848932814

Respectability and the London Poor, 17801870: The Value of Virtue

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    9781848932814

  • ISBN10:

    1848932812

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-07-21
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

The population of London soared during the Industrial Revolution and the poorer areas became iconic places of overcrowding and vice. Recent studies of the 'civilizing mission' of middle-class Londoners, determined to instigate social reform, have treated the poor as a single, uniform group. Though a gradual shift towards respectability is indisputable, MacKay argues for a more fragmentary picture. Focusing on the communities of Westminster, she shows that many of the plebeian populace retained traditional working-class pursuits, such as gambling, drinking and blood sports.

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