Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Making a Social Body by Mary Poovey

This study examines one of the conditions that made the development of a mass culture in Victorian Britain possible: the representation of the population as an aggregate - a social body. Drawing on both literature and social reform texts, the author analyzes the organization of knowledge during this period and explores its role in the emergence of the idea of the social body. The text illuminates the ways literary genres, such as the novel, and innovations in social thought, such as statistical thinking and anatomical realism, helped separate social concerns from the political and economic domains. The author then discusses the influence of the social body concept on Victorian ideas about the role of the state, examining writings by James Phillips Kay, Thomas Chalmers and Edwin Chadwick on regulating the poor. Analyzing the conflict between Kay's idea of the social body and Babbage's image of the social machine, she considers the implications of both models for the place of Victorian women. Poovey's readings of Disraeli's "Coningsby", Gaskell's "Mary Barton", and Dickens's "Our Mutual Friend" show that the novel as a genre exposed the role gender played in contemporary discussions of poverty and wealth. The study argues that gender, race and class should be considered in the context of broader concerns such as how social authority is distributed, how institutions formalize knowledge and how truth is defined.

Buy Making a Social Body by Mary Poovey from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780226675244
ISBN-10: 0226675246
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 150mm x mm)
Pages: 266
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 9-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Making a Social Body by Mary Poovey

Book Reviews - Making a Social Body by Mary Poovey

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Making a Social Body book by Mary Poovey and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Books By Mary Poovey

Finance in America by Mary Poovey
Paperback, November 2017
Genres of the Credit Economy by Mary Poovey
Paperback, April 2008
Financial System in Nineteenth-Century Britain by Mary Poovey
Paperback, September 2000
History of the Modern Fact by Mary Poovey
Paperback, November 1998