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A particular condition in life [electronic resource] : self-employment and social mobility in mid-Victorian Brantford, Ontario / David G. Burley.

By: Burley, David G.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Kingston, Ont. : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1994Description: 1 online resource (xii, 309 p.).ISBN: 0773511997; 9780773511996; 9780773564800 (electronic bk.); 0773564802 (electronic bk.).Other title: Self-employment and social mobility in mid-Victorian Brantford, Ontario.Subject(s): Social mobility -- Ontario -- Brantford | Middle class -- Ontario -- Brantford -- History | Working class -- Ontario -- Brantford -- History | Self-employed -- Ontario -- Brantford | Mobilit�e sociale -- Ontario -- Brantford -- Histoire -- 19e si�ecle | Travailleurs ind�ependants -- Ontario -- Brantford -- Histoire -- 19e si�ecle | Bourgeoisie -- Ontario -- Brantford -- Histoire -- 19e si�ecle | March�e du travail -- Ontario -- Brantford -- Histoire -- 19e si�ecle | Brantford (Ont.) -- Conditions sociales | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Comparative | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions | Social classes History | OntarioGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Particular condition in life.DDC classification: 330.9713/4802 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
1. Business Enterprise and Social Relations in a Mid-Victorian Town -- 2. Who Was Self-Employed? -- 3. Credit and Debt -- 4. The Structure of Wealth -- 5. The Making of the Self-Made Man -- 6. Social Change and Urban Politics -- Appendix: Occupational Categories.
Summary: By focusing on the rise of the bourgeoisie rather than the rise of the working class, David Burley offers a new perspective on industrial capitalism and class formation in Canada. Using Brantford, Ontario, as a case study, he provides a cultural analysis of the business community during the mid-nineteenth century and shows that, because self-employment was so pervasive, the impact of industrialization was particularly striking. Self-employed businessmen were forced to try to locate themselves in an emerging class system that often contradicted traditional Victorian social ideals of independence and manliness. Burley's exploration of the tensions behind these conflicting values - tensions both between myth and reality and within the bourgeois world view itself - is an important addition to the literature on business behaviour and Victorian cultural history.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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1. Business Enterprise and Social Relations in a Mid-Victorian Town -- 2. Who Was Self-Employed? -- 3. Credit and Debt -- 4. The Structure of Wealth -- 5. The Making of the Self-Made Man -- 6. Social Change and Urban Politics -- Appendix: Occupational Categories.

By focusing on the rise of the bourgeoisie rather than the rise of the working class, David Burley offers a new perspective on industrial capitalism and class formation in Canada. Using Brantford, Ontario, as a case study, he provides a cultural analysis of the business community during the mid-nineteenth century and shows that, because self-employment was so pervasive, the impact of industrialization was particularly striking. Self-employed businessmen were forced to try to locate themselves in an emerging class system that often contradicted traditional Victorian social ideals of independence and manliness. Burley's exploration of the tensions behind these conflicting values - tensions both between myth and reality and within the bourgeois world view itself - is an important addition to the literature on business behaviour and Victorian cultural history.

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