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Unsettled : The Culture of Mobility and the Working Poor in Early Modern England - Patricia Fumerton


The Culture of Mobility and the Working Poor in Early Modern England

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2006
ISBN: 9780226269559
Number Of Pages: 288

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Migrants made up a growing class of workers in late sixteenth- and seventeenth- century England. In fact, by 1650, half of England's rural population consisted of homeless and itinerant laborers. "Unsettled" is an ambitious attempt to reconstruct the everyday lives of these dispossessed people. Patricia Fumerton offers an expansive portrait of unsettledness in early modern England that includes the homeless and housed alike. Fumerton begins by building on recent studies of vagrancy, poverty, and servants, placing all in the light of a new domestic economy of mobility. She then looks at representations of the vagrant in a variety of pamphlets and literature of the period. Since seamen were a particularly large and prominent class of mobile wage-laborers in the seventeenth century, Fumerton turns to seamen generally and to an individual poor seaman as a case study of the unsettled subject: Edward Barlow (b. 1642) provides a rare opportunity to see how the laboring poor fashioned themselves, for he authored a journal of over 225,000 words and 147 pages of drawings. Barlow's journal, studied extensively here for the first time, vividly charts what he himself termed his "unsettled mind" and the perpetual anxieties of England's working and wayfaring poor. Ultimately, Fumerton explores representations of seamen as unsettled in the broadside ballads of Barlow's time.

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"A highly original work of scholarship. This is one of the very few books that attempt to find their way into the mentality of the underclass in the early modern world, and one of even fewer books that succeed in so doing." - Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University"

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Preface: Making Space for the Working Poorp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
A Note on the Textp. xxvii
Unsettled Subjects
Mobilizing the Poorp. 3
London's Economy of Unsettledness-and Beyondp. 12
Disguising the Working Poor: Harman's Caveatp. 33
Unsettled Subjectivity: The Virtual "I"p. 47
The Case of Edward Barlow
"Not Well Settled in My Mind"p. 63
Poor Men at Sea: "Never to be worth one groat afore a beggar"p. 84
Charting Barlowp. 108
Toward a Lowly Aesthetics of Unsettledness
The Ballad's: Seaman A Constant Partingp. 131
Epilogue: Unsettling the New Global Economyp. 153
Edward Barlow's Family Treep. 157
Inventory of George Barlow, 1686p. 159
Record of Edward Barlow's Mobility (On Land and Sea)p. 161
Will of Edward Barlow, Commander of the Liampo, 1708p. 174
On the Variation of the Compassp. 177
Notesp. 183
Selected Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780226269559
ISBN-10: 0226269558
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st May 2006
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53

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