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The Politics of the PoorThe East End of London 1885-1914$
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Marc Brodie

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270552

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270552.001.0001

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Artisans and Dossers

Artisans and Dossers

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The Politics of the Poor


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This chapter looks at the evidence regarding the attitudes of the poorest members of the East End working class. There is little evidence to suggest that they were ‘easy prey’ for protectionist discourse in a standard sense. But that they did respond very quickly, given the right circumstances, shows the vital importance of looking at issues related to the context of ‘reception’ in analysing the impact of ideas and political language. However, those who discussed protectionism in the lodging houses were undoubtedly not those who delivered to the Conservatives the electoral victories, which are said to have been based upon this and like issues.

Keywords:   Conservatives, reception, protectionist discourse, lodging houses

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