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Class, identity and the urban: the middle class in England, c. 1790–1950

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 September 2004

SIMON GUNN
Affiliation:
School of Cultural Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University, LS1 3HE

Abstract

The article considers the relationship between the middle class and urban place in England. Using the concept of identity, it examines changes in the meaning of the term ‘middle class’ between the late eighteenth and the mid-twentieth century and how these changes were related to the configuration of urbanity. In the earlier twentieth century, it is argued, state and nation replaced the urban as the principal referent for middle-class identity.

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