Unemployment, Welfare, and Masculine Citizenship

“So Much Honest Poverty” in Britain, 1870–1930

  • Marjorie Levine-Clark

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. “So Much Honest Poverty”: Introduction

    1. Marjorie Levine-Clark
      Pages 1-21
  3. Unemployment and the Continuities of Honest Poverty

  4. Honest Poverty in National Crisis

  5. Honest Poverty and the Intimacies of Policy

  6. Conclusions

    1. Marjorie Levine-Clark
      Pages 232-239
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 240-304

About this book


This book examines how, from the late nineteenth century through the 1920s, British policymakers, welfare providers, and working-class men struggled to accommodate men's dependence on the state within understandings of masculine citizenship.


Citizenship masculinity welfare unemployment gender labor social policy marital status Poor Law family marriage poverty benefits breadwinner Black Country crisis employment law Privileg strike

Authors and affiliations

  • Marjorie Levine-Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Colorado DenverUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-48355-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-39322-7
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