Working-Class Self-Help in Nineteenth-Century England: Responses to industrialization

1st Edition

Eric Hopkins

Published February 27, 2018
Reference - 254 Pages
ISBN 9781138204768 - CAT# Y289451
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The History of Social Welfare

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First published in 1995, this book provides a readable survey of the three major forms of working-class self-help in nineteenth century England: the trade unions, the friendly societies and the co-operative movement. It is accessible to an introductory student readership as well as providing a critical appraisal of all types and forms of self-help available to the industrial working-class. Unlike former studies, the author examines trade unionism alongside friendly societies and the co-operative movement and shows how each developed in response to the challenge of industrialization and the demands of urban industrial life. The strengths and limitations of self-help approaches are assessed and wider issues of working-class culture and identity are examined.

This book will be of interest to those studying the history of social welfare, class and industrial Britain.


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