Mobility, the artisan community, and popular politics in early nineteenth century England

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    The structure of the essay is as follows. The first section provides a brief résumé of the institutional history of the travelling system. A short account is then given of an extensive analysis of the records of one travelling society, documenting the movements of a large number of individual artisans. In an attempt to place this in some broader context, an analysis of the mobility of different occupational groups, based on a very large national sample from the 1851 census, is presented. The following two sections seek to provide a more rounded account of individual experience from an extensive survey of autobiographies, and also begin to add an explicitly political dimension. A concluding discussion further develops this theme, and tries to suggest an agenda for future research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUrbanising Britain: class and community in the nineteenth century
    EditorsG. Kearns, C. Withers
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages28
    ISBN (Print)9780521046091
    Publication statusPublished - 1991

    Publication series

    NameCambridge studies in historical geography
    PublisherCambridge University Press


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