Vagrancy in the Victorian Age

An interdisciplinary study of the rich Victorian taxonomy of vagrancy, and the concepts of poverty, mobility and homelessness it expressed.

Author: Alistair Robinson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316519851

Category: Literary Criticism

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An interdisciplinary study of the rich Victorian taxonomy of vagrancy, and the concepts of poverty, mobility and homelessness it expressed.

Vagrancy in the Victorian Age

Moreover, he represents the vagrant as a prompt for virtue and a symbol to be studied: 'While thus he creeps / From door to door, the Villagers in him / Behold a record which together binds / Past deeds and offices of charity / Else ...

Author: Alistair Robinson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781009022392

Category: Literary Criticism

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Vagrants were everywhere in Victorian culture. They wandered through novels and newspapers, photographs, poems and periodicals, oil paintings and illustrations. They appeared in a variety of forms in a variety of places: Gypsies and hawkers tramped the country, casual paupers and loafers lingered in the city, and vagabonds and beachcombers roved the colonial frontiers. Uncovering the rich Victorian taxonomy of nineteenth-century vagrancy for the first time, this interdisciplinary study examines how assumptions about class, gender, race and environment shaped a series of distinct vagrant types. At the same time it broaches new ground by demonstrating that rural and urban conceptions of vagrancy were repurposed in colonial contexts. Representational strategies circulated globally as well as locally, and were used to articulate shifting fantasies and anxieties about mobility, poverty and homelessness. These are traced through an extensive corpus of canonical, ephemeral and popular texts as well as a variety of visual forms.

Victorian Vagrancy

Each of these topographies forms the backdrop for two chapters that address specific types of vagrant; these are Gypsies and hawkers, poachers, casual paupers, loafers, colonial vagabonds, and beachcombers.

Author: Alistair John Robinson

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ISBN: OCLC:1103979281

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Vagrancy in Law and Practice under the Old Poor Law

... prominent cause of vagrancy even in the Victorian period (Trustram 1984; Brereton 1986,8–9). In 1572 previous vagrancy acts were repealed but fresh ferocious measures were enacted against vagrants: beggars over the age of fourteen ...

Author: Audrey Eccles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317002925

Category: History

Page: 262

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In eighteenth-century England, the law surrounding vagrancy was complicated, and practice stood in complex relationship to law. Drawing on extensive archival research and in-depth study of both statute law and local administrative records, this book examines the complexities of vagrancy law and the realities of its practice during the long eighteenth century. It shows how settlement law and poor law provision failed to address both the changing demographic situation and the impact of wars, leaving significant numbers without support. Focusing on the 1744 Vagrant Act, the study traces how and why the law evolved, from 1700 when vagrancy was first made a county charge, and what changes followed in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It explores how vagrancy law was used and to what effect, how it was extended and adapted to plug gaps in both poor law provision and in dealing with petty crime not covered by statute law, and how law and practice intersected with social reality. Using the Quarter Sessions records of six counties: Westmorland, Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Lancashire and Middlesex, the book is able to give the first account of vagrancy law in provincial England, rather than focusing on metropolitan areas, thus also demonstrating the tensions between parishes, justices and counties over the use of law and its financial impact. By detailed reference to cases of individual vagrants, the book also shows what sorts of people were dealt with under vagrancy law, what happened to them, and how and why the justices discriminated between the unfortunate and the criminal elements among them. This analysis reveals the principal causes of the vagrancy problems and the misfit between the law and social reality, with particular emphasis on the impact of wars and immigration from Ireland and Scotland. As the first full-length study of vagrancy law and practice in the eighteenth century, this book will constitute an essential item in any collection of books on the old poor law.

Behaving Badly

These essays aim to examine crime of a socially visible nature, in the context of social panic and moral outrage in both the Victorian period and the late twentieth century.

Author: Judith Rowbotham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351955874

Category: History

Page: 272

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Both the Victorian age and the late twentieth century are often characterised by contemporaries as times of apparent economic affluence and stability. They are often depicted as periods that shared a conviction that the stability of society, including its affluence, was threatened by the activities of social deviants. These essays aim to examine crime of a socially visible nature, in the context of social panic and moral outrage in both the Victorian period and the late twentieth century. Through a series of interconnected case studies, exploring the social and legal responses to such offences and their public presentation through popular reporting and the court system, a series of apparent continuities as well as discontinuities are highlighted in the making of legislation. The innovative approach taken by the editors and contributors to concepts of crime and bad behaviour, make this essential reading for academics and practitioners. The interdisciplinary focus of the book allows it to locate the legal processes and system firmly within the socio-cultural context, instead of examining it as a discrete area of individual study, making this text central to work in law, criminology and social policy, and history.

Crime Protest Community and Police in Nineteenth Century Britain

Evidence on the nationality, sex and age of vagrants is plentiful but by no means accurate. It appears that, over the Victorian period, between 50 and 70 per cent of all vagrants were of English origin, with the Irish proportion ...

Author: David Jones

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317369974

Category: History

Page: 258

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This study, first published in 1982, is concerned with the nature of crime in nineteenth-century Britain, and explores the response of the community and the police authorities. Each chapter is linked by common themes and questions, and the topics described in detail range from popular forms of rural crime and protest, through crime in industrial and urban communities, to a study of the vagrant. The author pays special attention to the relationship between illegal activities and protest, and emphasizes the context and complexity of official crime rates and of many forms of criminal behaviour. This title will be of interest to students of history and criminology.

Victorian Women Writers and the Other Germany

Vagrancy in the Victorian Age: Representing the Wandering Poor in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture ALISTAIR ROBINSON, New College of the Humanities 135. Collaborative Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century: Sympathetic ...

Author: Linda Hughes

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316512845

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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A vivid account of the alternative, emancipatory Germany that progressive British women writers discovered and wrote about, 1833-1910.

Music and the Queer Body in English Literature at the Fin de Si cle

Autobiography, Sensation, and the Commodification of Identity in Victorian Narrative: Life upon the Exchange SEAN GRASS, ... Vagrancy in the Victorian Age: Representing the Wandering Poor in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture ...

Author: Fraser Riddell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108996334

Category: Literary Criticism

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Drawing on an ambitious range of interdisciplinary material, including literature, musical treatises and theoretical texts, Music and the Queer Body explores the central place music held for emergent queer identities in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Canonical writers such as Walter Pater, E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf are discussed alongside lesser-known figures such as John Addington Symonds, Vernon Lee and Arthur Symons. Engaging with a number of historical case studies, Fraser Riddell pays particular attention to the significance of embodiment in queer musical subcultures and draws on contemporary queer theory and phenomenology to show how writers associate music with shameful, masochistic and anti-humanist subject positions. Ultimately, this study reveals how literary texts at the fin de siècle invest music with queer agency: to challenge or refuse essentialist identities, to facilitate re-conceptions of embodied subjectivity, and to present alternative sensory experiences of space and time. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

Wordsworth s Vagrants

Originally published in Essays in English Literature from the Renaissance to the Victorian Age, Presented to A.S.P. Woodhouse. Edited by Miller MacLure and F.W. Watt. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1964.

Author: Quentin Bailey

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409427063

Category: History

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Wordsworth's Vagrants explores the poet's treatment of the 'idle and disorderly' in the context of the penal laws of the 1790s, when the terror of the French Revolution caused a crackdown on the beggars and vagrants who roamed the English countryside. From the Salisbury Plain poems through to Lyrical Ballads, Quentin Bailey's readings are sensitive to Wordsworth's early radicalism without equating his socio-political engagement solely with support for the French Revolution.

A Legal History for Australia

Victorian legislation articulated official attitudes to different social demographics, including children, the poor and vagrant, the mentally ill, women and homosexuals. On the cusp of the Victorian age, the Vagrancy Act 182454 made ...

Author: Sarah McKibbin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781509939596

Category: Law

Page: 448

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This is a contemporary legal history book for Australian law students, written in an engaging style and rich with learning features and illustrations. The writers are a unique combination of talents, bringing together their fields of research and teaching in Australian history, British constitutional history and modern Australian law. The first part provides the social and political contexts for legal history in medieval and early modern England and America, explaining the English law which came to Australia in 1788. This includes: The origins of the common law The growth of the legal profession The making of the Magna Carta The English Civil Wars The Bill of Rights The American War of Independence. The second part examines the development of the law in Australia to the present day, including: The English criminal justice system and convict transportation The role of the Privy Council in 19th century Indigenous Australia in the colonial period The federation movement Constitutional Independence The 1967 Australian referendum and the land rights movement. The comprehensive coverage of several centuries is balanced by a dynamic writing style and tools to guide the student through each chapter including learning outcomes, chapter outlines and discussion points. The historical analysis is brought to life by the use of primary documentary evidence such as charters, statutes, medieval source books and Coke's reports, and a series of historical cameos - focused studies of notable people and issues from King Edward I and Edward Coke to Henry Parkes and Eddie Mabo - and constitutional detours addressing topics such as the separation of powers, judicial review and federalism. A Legal History for Australia is an engaging textbook, cogently written and imaginatively resourced and is supported by a companion website: https://www.bloomsburyonlineresources.com/a-legal-history-for-australia