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Author Steedman, Carolyn

Title An everyday life of the English working class : work, self and sociability in the early nineteenth century / Carolyn Steedman
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 298 pages) : illustrations
Contents Prologue: what are they like?; 1 An introduction, shewing what kind of history this is; what it is like, and what it is not like; 2 Books do furnish a mind; 3 Family and friends; 4 Fears as loyons: drinking and fighting; 5 Sex and the single man; 6 Talking law; 7 Earthly powers; 8 Getting and spending; 9 Knitting and frames; 10 The knocking at the gate: General Ludd; 11 Some conclusions: writing everyday; Bibliography; Archival documents; Berkshire County Record Office, Reading; East Sussex County Record Office, LewesLincolńs Inn Library, London; The National Archives, Kew; Nottinghamshire Archives (NA), Nottingham; Shropshire Archives, Shrewsbury; University of Nottingham, Manuscripts and Special Collections; Warwickshire County Record Office, Warwick; Wiltshire Record Office, Trowbridge; Parliamentary papers and other parliamentary proceedings; Fiction, diary, l̀iveś, poetry, drama, song, and jest books; Primary tracts, treatises, reviews, and other publications, pre-1900.; Secondary sources; Newspapers and periodicals; Websites and electronic resources
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-290) and index
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Subject Woolley, Joseph -- Diaries
Working class -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Working class -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Nottingham (England) -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Great Britain -- History -- 1800-1837
Form Electronic book
Genre/Form Diaries.
ISBN 9781107517226