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- DescriptionWith high mortality rates, it has been assumed that the poor in Victorian and Edwardian Britain did t mourn their dead. Contesting this approach, Julie-Marie Strange studies the expression of grief among the working class, demonstrating that poverty increased - rather than deadened - it. She illustrates the mourning practices of the working classes through chapters addressing care of the corpse, the funeral, the cemetery, commemoration, and high infant mortality rates. The book draws on a broad range of sources to analyse the feelings and behaviours of the labouring poor, using t only personal testimony but also fiction, journalism, and official reports. It concludes that poor people did t only use spoken or written words to express their grief, but also complex symbols, actions and, significantly, silence. This book will be an invaluable contribution to an important and neglected area of social and cultural history.
- Author BiographyJulie-Marie Strange is Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Manchester.
- Author(s)Julie Marie Strange
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication09/09/2010
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleCambridge Social and Cultural Histories
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 6
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight450 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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