Genders and Sexualities in History

Unemployment, Welfare, and Masculine Citizenship

So Much Honest Poverty in Britain, 1870-1930

Authors: Levine-Clark, M.

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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.

About the authors

Marjorie Levine-Clark is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Denver, USA. She has published widely on gender, health, labor, and social policy in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain, including the book Beyond the Reproductive Body: The Politics of Women's Health and Work in Early Victorian England (2004).

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“Marjorie Levine-Clark opens her account of unemployment and masculinity with a comparison to the present. … the author provides a nuanced analysis of gender during the era of the contested discovery of unemployment. Overall, this is a well-researched and well-written book, and it makes an important contribution to British welfare history.” (Matt Perry, The American Historical Review, Vol. 121 (2), April, 2016)

“Levine-Clark tackles the expansion of welfare in Britain’s late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with a sharp, engaging focus on the state’s cultivation of working-class masculine hierarchies. … Levine-Clark’s careful exploration of gender and the meaning of employment offers a fresh perspective on work, the state, and political subjectivities, one that should influence future research.” (Katie Hindmarch-Watson, Journal of Modern History, Vol. 88 (4), 2016)

“Levine-Clark (history, Univ. of Colorado Denver) has written an extremely useful book on masculinity, unemployment, labor citizenship, and welfare. … Chapters of the work could be usefully assigned in advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in either gender or British history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (R. J. Bates, Choice, September, 2015)

"Unemployment, Welfare, and Masculine Citizenship will appeal to those working in fields across the history of modern Britain, as well as scholars working on histories of the welfare state, gender, and other topics in international perspective. It seems likely that future research in the British context will help to highlight the myriad ways in which this particular system of welfare worked itself out across regional and social differences, and that Levine-Clark's work will serve as the first step in this new direction." - Reviews in History


"This book is beautifully written and intensively researched. It crosses many of the sub-fields of British history and thus will be relevant and important to scholars and students who are concerned with labour history, family history, gender history, economic history and the history of the welfare state." - Sonya Rose, University of Michigan, USA

"A book that really matters. Levine-Clark's brilliant articulation of the deep connections between work, gender, welfare and citizenship offers new ways to understand the emergence of welfare and the problem of unemployment in modern Britain. This should be required reading not only for historians but for economists, policy-makers and politicians." - Philippa Levine, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

"On what terms were unemployed men citizens of industrial Britain? Marjorie Levine-Clark exploits a rich seam of local material to shed new light on both the discourse of dignity among the unemployed and the welfare strategies of government. Analytical and empathetic, this book is a major contribution to labour history and to the critical study of masculinities." - John Tosh, University of Roehampton, UK

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • “So Much Honest Poverty”: Introduction

    Pages 1-21

    Levine-Clark, Marjorie

  • Not “Weary Willies” or “Tired Tims”: The Work Imperative in the Poor Law World

    Pages 25-49

    Levine-Clark, Marjorie

  • “They were not single men”: Responsibility for Family and Hierarchies of Deservedness

    Pages 50-81

    Levine-Clark, Marjorie

  • “A reward for good citizenship”: National Unemployment Benefits and the Genuine Search for Work

    Pages 82-106

    Levine-Clark, Marjorie

  • “Married men had greater responsibilities”: The First World War, the Service Imperative, and the Sacrifice of Single Men

    Pages 109-137

    Levine-Clark, Marjorie

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Hardcover 106,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Unemployment, Welfare, and Masculine Citizenship
Book Subtitle
So Much Honest Poverty in Britain, 1870-1930
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39322-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137393227
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39320-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48355-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 304
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