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Author Burley, David G.
Title A particular condition in life : self-employment and social mobility in mid-Victorian Brantford, Ontario / David G. Burley.
Imprint Kingston, Ont. : McGill-Queen's University Press, [1994]

Author Burley, David G.
Subject Social mobility -- Ontario -- Brantford.
Middle class -- Ontario -- Brantford -- History.
Working class -- Ontario -- Brantford -- History.
Self-employed -- Ontario -- Brantford.
Add Title Self-employment and social mobility in mid-Victorian Brantford, Ontario
Description 1 online resource (xii, 309 pages)
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780773564800 (electronic bk.)
0773564802 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 180704388
Additional Format Print version: Burley, David G. Particular condition in life. Kingston, Ont. : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1994 (DLC) 95131772

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