Middle-Class Culture in the Nineteenth Century

America, Australia and Britain

  • Authors
  • Linda¬†Young

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Linda Young
    Pages 1-8
  3. Linda Young
    Pages 9-38
  4. Linda Young
    Pages 95-123
  5. Linda Young
    Pages 124-152
  6. Linda Young
    Pages 189-194
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-245

About this book


Drawing on expressive and material culture, Young shows that money was not enough to make the genteel middle class. It required exquisite self-control and the right cultural capital to perform ritual etiquette and present oneself confidently, yet modestly. She argues that genteel culture was not merely derivative, but a re-working of aristocratic standards in the context of the middle class necessity to work. Visible throughout the English-speaking world in the 1780s -1830s and onward, genteel culture reveals continuities often obscured by studies based entirely on national frameworks.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-43277-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-59881-2
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