This book offers the first comprehensive account of all aspects of life in the industrial out-townships of Leeds, including their social, economic, political, religious, educational and cultural histories, during their period of transition from eighteenth-century villages dominated by the domestic system of woollen cloth manufacture to the diversified suburban economies of the late nineteenth century.
The book explores the changing perceptions of community in the out-townships during this economic and social transformation, and the struggle that emerged over the meaning of the term between different social classes. The argument is that, while out-township perceptions of community were spatially located – tied to an identification with a geographical area – community was also an ideological construct that different classes struggled to define and articulate in their own terms and for their own social and political purposes. As expressed in the industrial out-townships of Leeds, community, and the phenomenon of ‘knowing one’s place’, carried multiple meanings and was the product of a relationship between the elements constituting its ideological and social manifestations.
Pearson, R. (in press). Knowing One's Place: Community and Class in the Industrial Suburbs of Leeds during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Leeds: Thoresby Society