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The Working Class at Home, 1790–1940

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers new insights into how the working class made a ‘home’

  • Conceptualises the working-class home as a material, emotional and highly divergent space

  • Uses novel sources and approaches to challenge existing understandings

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

About this book

This book examines life in the homes inhabited by the working class over the long nineteenth century. These working-class homes are often imagined as distinctly unhomely spaces, which the inhabitants struggled to fill with even the most basic of furniture, let alone acquire the comforts associated with middle-class domestic space. The concerned reformers of industrialising towns and cities painted a picture of severe deprivation, of rooms that were both cramped yet bare at the same time, and disease-ridden spaces from which their subjects required rescue. It is an image which is not only inadequate, but which also robs working-class people of their agency in creating domestic spaces which allowed for the expression of personal and familial feeling. Bringing together emerging scholars who challenge these ideas and using a range of innovative sources and approaches, this edited collection presents a new understanding of working-class homes.

Vicky Holmes is Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, UK in association with the Centre for Studies of Home. Her Palgrave Pivot, In Bed with the Victorians: The Life-Cycle of Working-Class Marriage, was published in 2017.

Joseph Harley is Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He has recently published Norfolk Pauper Inventories, c.1690-1834 (2020) and has articles in various journals including Agricultural History Review, Historical Journal and Social History.

Laika Nevalainen is a historian of everyday life in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Finland.

Keywords

  • domesticity
  • material culture
  • everyday life
  • long nineteenth century
  • public history

Editors and Affiliations

  • Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

    Joseph Harley

  • Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

    Vicky Holmes

  • Suomen maatalousmuseo Sarka/Sarka – The Finnish Museum of Agriculture, Loimaa, Finland

    Laika Nevalainen

About the editors

Vicky Holmes is Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, UK in association with the Centre for Studies of Home. Her Palgrave Pivot, In Bed with the Victorians: The Life-Cycle of Working-Class Marriage, was published in 2017.

Joseph Harley is Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He has recently published Norfolk Pauper Inventories, c.1690-1834 (2020) and has articles in various journals including Agricultural History Review, Historical Journal and Social History.

Laika Nevalainen is a historian of everyday life in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Finland.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Working Class at Home, 1790–1940

  • Editors: Joseph Harley, Vicky Holmes, Laika Nevalainen

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89273-9

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-89272-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-89273-9

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 260

  • Number of Illustrations: 71 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Social History, Cultural History, History of Britain and Ireland, History of Modern Europe

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-89273-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)