Thursday, February 23, 2012

Working-Class Respectability in Leicester c.1845-1880

by Barri Haynes

This paper examines a range of local working-class perceptions and attitudes in order to determine the extent to which an ethic of respectability was a formative influence on the development of workin-class conciousness and ideology in Leicester in the period c. 1845 to 1880. The conclusion is reached that respectability was an increasingly important element in working-class thought in Leicester in the period. At the same time it was an ethic with a distinctively working-class formulation, essentially collectivistic in orientation and committed to working-class independence and defering to no one. The paper also raises important questions for future investigations.

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