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Crime and Poverty in 19th-Century England: The Economy of Makeshifts


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It has long been suggested that poverty was responsible for a criminal underclass emerging in Britain during the nineteenth century. Until quite recently, historians did little to challenge this perception. Using innovative quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques, this book looks in detail at some of the causal factors that motivated the poorer classes to commit crime, or act in ways that transgressed acceptable standards of behaviour. It demonstrates how the strategies that these individuals employed varied between urban and rural environments, and shows how the poor railed against legislative reforms that threatened the solvency of their households. In the process, this book provides the first solid appreciation of the complex relationship between crime and poverty in two distinct socio-economic regions between 1830 and 1885.

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A.W. Ager is Associate Lecturer in the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

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Introduction \ 1. The Social and Economic Development of Oxfordshire and Kent, 1830-1885 \ 2. Legislative Reforms and Protests \ 3. Crime and the Economy of Makeshifts in the Medway Towns and Rural Districts of North Oxfordshire, 1830-1885 \ 4. Prostitution and the Economy of Makeshifts \ 5. Conclusions \ Bibliography \ Index

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Ager, Adrian
Bloomsbury Academic
Ager, A.W.
Modern - 19th Century
Europe - Great Britain
Social history
World History-1650 to Present
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History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
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