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 Author
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).
Table of Contents
1. 'So Much Honest Poverty': Introduction PART I: UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE CONTINUITIES OF HONEST POVERTY 2. Not 'Weary Willies' or 'Tired Tims': The Work Imperative in the Poor Law World 3. 'They were not Single Men': Responsibility for Family and Hierarchies of Deservedness 4. 'A Reward for Good Citizenship': National Unemployment Benefits and the Genuine Search for Work PART II: HONEST POVERTY IN NATIONAL CRISIS 5. 'Married Men had Greater Responsibilities': The First World War, the Service Imperative, and the Sacrifice of Single Men 6. 'The Whole World had gone Against Them': Ex-Servicemen and the Politics of Relief 7. 'No Right to Relieve a Striker': Trade Disputes and the Politics of Work and Family in the 1920s PART III: HONEST POVERTY AND THE INTIMACIES OF POLICY 8. 'Younger Men are given the Preference': Older Men's Welfare and Intergenerational Liability 9. 'He did not Realise his Responsibilities': Giving Up the Privileges of Honest Poverty Conclusions Bibliography
What People are Saying About This
"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