Journals Higher Education



Published: 09 August 2007

224 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719075469

Bookseller Code (06)


The public culture of the Victorian middle class

Ritual and authority in the English industrial city 1840-1914

Simon Gunn

Published by Manchester University Press

  • New in paperback
  • Studies the creation of a distinctive 'high' culture in the industrial cities of Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester in the mid-nineteenth century and its incipient decline from the 1880s
  • Represents a significant contribution both to the study of middle-class cultural forms and to an understanding of the relationship between culture and power, and provides an overview of the public cultures of Victorian 'respectability'
  • Argues for the importance of ritualised modes of social behaviour in understanding the construction of authority in the nineteenth-century city
  • Ranges widely across forms of cultural production and social practice, including architecture, urban design, dress and etiquette, social clubs, music and civic parades and ceremonial