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Women and social investigation: Clara Collet and Beatrice Potter

O'Day, Rosemary (1995). Women and social investigation: Clara Collet and Beatrice Potter. In: Englander, David and O'Day, Rosemary eds. Retrieved Riches: Social Investigation in Britain 1840-1914. Aldershot: Scolar Press, pp. 165–200.

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This book examines the development of social science and social research in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. The organising concepts of social investigation in the nineteenth century are problematical, its intellectual context is unclear and its methodological base uncertain. This collection of essays by leading scholars sets out to identify the problems and pitfalls in our current approaches and indicate how we can solve the former and avoid the latter. The essays enable the reader to see the work of Charles Booth in terms of motivation, method and meaning; to relate his work and that of his many associates to the contemporary social, intellectual and political milieu, and to compare his work with that of other social investigators of the period - such as Mayhew, the Webbs and Rowntree. They indicate some of the ways in which these retrieved archival riches may be re-worked by modern scholars to achieve a deeper understanding of Victorian society. An introduction skillfully places Charles Booth within the context of social investigation as a whole and enables both student and teacher to employ their reading of the volume to further their study of Victorian social science and society

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: David Englander and Rosemary O'Day
ISBN: 1-85928-118-4, 978-1-85928-118-5
Extra Information: Set book for Open University course A427 Charles Booth and social investigation in Britain, 1850-1914 (1997-2004).
Keywords: Charles Booth, 1840-1916; sociology; history of sociology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 21743
Depositing User: Jean Fone
Date Deposited: 04 May 2011 14:38
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:33
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