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Early innovations in social research: the Poverty Survey of Charles Booth

Bales, Kevin (1994) Early innovations in social research: the Poverty Survey of Charles Booth. Other thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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"Certainly the best known of the women who worked on the Inquiry is Beatrice Potter, who is best remembered by her married name: Beatrice Webb. Her life and work is very well documented, both by her own hand and by that of later writers such as Margaret Cole (1945) and the MacKenzies (1977, 1982, 1983), so it is primarily as a contributor to Life and Labour that she will be considered here. Beatrice Potter was, as mentioned earlier, the cousin of Mary Booth and her relationship with the Booths at the time of the Inquiry was very close. In 1886 and 1887, at the age of twenty-eight, she was suffering the dual burdens of caring for her seriously ill father and failing, in spite of herself, to forge a romantic but respectful relationship with Joseph Chamberlain. For her the Booths represented both solace and stimulation. In her diary in December 1886 she wrote of the Booths: 'They become every year more near to me. Perhaps they are the only persons who really love me.' (MacKenzie, 1983:189). For Potter work on the Inquiry was both an important escape and an education in research methods." - pp. 202-203.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Additional Information: PhD thesis, Social Policy Department, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 1994.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 11:17
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2015 11:03

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