London Clerical Workers, 1880-1914

London Clerical Workers, 1880-1914 : Development of the Labour Market

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This study is based on a wide range of business sources as well as newspapers, journals, novels and oral history, allowing Heller to put forward a new interpretation of working conditions for London clerks, highlighting the ways in which clerical work changed and modernized over this period.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 17.53mm | 522g
  • Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848930542
  • 9781848930544
  • 1,577,203

Table of contents

Introduction 1 A Definition of the Late Victorian and Edwardian London Clerk 2 Work, Income, Promotion and Stability 3 The Clerk, the Office and Work 4 Attitudes of the Clerk towards Work 5 The Mechanization and Feminization of the Office 6 Education, Merit and Patronage: The London Clerical Market 7 Commercial Education and the Clerk 8 Clerical Trade Unions, Associations and Collective Organizations Conclusion
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Review quote

'Challenging both popular prejudices and scholarly orthodoxies in his meticulous study of London clerical workers at the turn of the twentieth century, Heller argues that this giant, regimented, and increasingly mechanized class of wage laborers did indeed find meaning at the office.' Victorian Studies 'a revealing and thoroughly researched study' Business History 'sheds important new light on the day-to-day lives of the hundreds of thousands of young men who helped transform the world of work in the City of London.' Journal of British Studies
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