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The Making of an Industrial SocietyWhickham 1560-1765$
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David Levine and Keith Wrightson

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198200666

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200666.001.0001

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Sooty Faces and Elysian Shades: Social Identities and Social Relations

Sooty Faces and Elysian Shades: Social Identities and Social Relations

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The Making of an Industrial Society

David Levine

Keith Wrightson

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores those aspects of Whickham's social development that up to now have been pushed to the margins of our story. For the industrial development of Whickham and its environs involved not only economic, technological, demographic, and social-structural change, but also a reshaping of social identities and shifts in the patterns of social relationships. Change of this kind was no simple and mechanical response to the imperatives of industrial development. It was a complex and uneven process, a continuing interaction between inherited traditions and novel circumstances. The aim, therefore, is to capture something of the dynamism and historical contingency of that process as the identities of the people of Whickham, and of the emerging industrial society of Tyneside to which they belonged, were forged and reforged between the anvil of established ways and the insistent beating of the hammers of change.

Keywords:   social development, industrial development, social identity, social relationships, Tyneside, industrial society, Whickham

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