Rapports de Classes et Relations Sociales à Bristol à l'Époque Victorienne

Abstract : This dissertation examines class relations and social relations in Bristol in the nineteenth century. In the Victorian period, Bristol did not appear as a highly industrialized city, its economy was diversified, its occupational structure was fragmented and preindustrial methods of production still prevailed. This study therefore asks the question of the social consequences of this peculiar economic development. Drawing inspiration from revisionist studies, we wish to suggest that patterns of continuity also came into play to influence social relations. Studying Bristol's philanthropic tradition and its profound attachment to religion enables us to demonstrate how such traditions have shaped class relations. We then proceed to analyze the mechanisms of social control that were used in order to institutionalize class relations. We also focus on the growth of trade unionism and attempt to assess the popularity of the Labour movement before considering the birth of class-consciousness amongst Bristol workers. The objective of this dissertation is to show how the combination of those elements managed to shape class relations and to examine their consequences on the nature of the links existing between classes. We wish, in this study, to throw light on patterns of domination, of conflict, of social control but also on patterns of consent, of cooperation and of consensus.
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Aurélie Baudry. Rapports de Classes et Relations Sociales à Bristol à l'Époque Victorienne. Linguistique. Université du Sud Toulon Var, 2010. Français. ⟨tel-00600516⟩

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