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Charles Booth's London Poverty Maps

Mary S. Morgan Iain Sinclair London School of Economics Aileen Reid



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Thames & Hudson
24 October 2019
A splendid - and necessary - publication...a great resource Iain Sinclair Charles Booth's landmark survey of life in late-19th-century London, published for the first time in one volume.

In the late nineteenth century, Charles Booth's landmark social and economic survey found that 35 percent of Londoners were living in abject poverty. Booth's team of social investigators interviewed Londoners from all walks of life, recording their comments, together with their own unrestrained remarks and statistical information, in 450 notebooks. Their findings formed the basis of Booth's colour-coded social mapping (from vicious and semi-criminal to wealthy) and his seventeen-volume survey Inquiry into the Life and Labour of the People of London, 1886-1903.

Organized into six geographical sections, Charles Booth's London Poverty Maps presents the hand-colored preparatory and printed social mapping of London. Accompanying the maps are reproductions of pages from the original notebooks, containing anecdotes and observations too judgmental for Booth to include in his final published survey. An introduction by professor Mary S. Morgan clarifies the aims and methodology of Booth's survey and six themed essays contextualize the the survey's findings, accompanied by evocative period photographs.

Providing insights into the minutia of everyday life viewed through the lens of inhabitants of every trade, class, creed, and nationality, Charles Booth's London Poverty Maps brings to life the diversity and dynamism of late nineteenth-century London.
By:   Mary S. Morgan, Iain Sinclair, London School of Economics, Aileen Reid, Jacob F. Field
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 365mm,  Width: 265mm, 
Weight:   2.360kg
ISBN:   9780500022290
ISBN 10:   0500022291
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   24 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Forward: Mapping the Abyss. * Introduction. * Eastern District & North Eastern District * Housing. * Northern District & North-Western District * Immigration. * East Central District & West Central District * Religion. * Inner Western District & Outer Western District * Trade. * Inner Souther District & South-Western District * Morality. * Outside Southern District & South Eastern District * Leisure.

Mary S. Morgan is Professor of the History of Economics in the London School of Economics.

Reviews for Charles Booth's London Poverty Maps

'A splendid - and necessary - publication...a great resource' - Iain Sinclair '[An] exquisite edition of Booth's maps' - BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking 'Booth's maps have been beautifully reproduced in [this] new book' - LSE Review of Books

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