Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 April 2010

296 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719080432

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The poor in England 1700-1850

An economy of makeshifts

Alannah Tomkins and Steven King

Published by Manchester University Press

  • This fascinating study investigates the experience of English poverty between 1700-1900 and in the ways in which the poor made ends meet
  • The phrase 'economy of makeshifts' is used to summarize the patchy, desperate and sometimes failing strategies of the poor for material survival
  • Examines how advantages gained from access to common land, mobilization of kinship support, resorting to crime, and other marginal resources could prop up struggling households
  • Represents the single most significant attempt in print to supply the English 'economy of makeshifts' with a solid, empirical basis and to advance the concept of makeshifts from a vague but convenient label to a more precise yet inclusive definition