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Industrial regulation, urban space and the boundaries of the workplace: mid-Victorian Nottingham

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 August 1999

Robert Gray
Affiliation:
School of Social and Historical Studies, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth
Donna Loftus
Affiliation:
School of Social and Historical Studies, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth

Abstract

This article takes up recent concerns with languages of mid-Victorian reform and relates urban space to the workplace, with reference to Nottingham hosiery and lace. The article considers, first, official enquiries into lace manufacture, and second, the hosiery conciliation system. Attempts to map and to fix the boundaries of employment are characteristic of both these developments. Gender dimensions are emphasized, as is the contribution of these debates to liberal narratives of industrial progress. This is related to the formation of a wider culture of liberal reform.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
© 1999 Cambridge University Press

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