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The public culture of the Victorian middle class looks at the creation of a distinctive 'high' culture in the industrial cities of Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester in the mid-nineteenth century and its incipient decline from the 1880s. The history of urban bourgeois culture has been relatively unexplored and under-theorised compared to popular culture. This volume therefore represents a significant contribution both to the study of middle-class cultural forms and to an understanding of the relationship between culture and power. In particular, it argues for the importance of ritualised modes of social behaviour in understanding the construction of authority in the nineteenth-century city. As well as many original arguments, the book provides a clear and useful overview of the public cultures of Victorian 'respectability'. The book will be of interest to scholars and students in the areas of social history, cultural history, urban history, cultural studies, urban studies and the sociology of culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719075469
ISBN-10: 0719075467
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 9-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Simon Gunn is Professor of Urban History at the University of Leicester

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