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The Resource The social cost of cheap food : labour and the political economy of food distribution in Britain, 1830-1914, Sébastien Rioux

The social cost of cheap food : labour and the political economy of food distribution in Britain, 1830-1914, Sébastien Rioux

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The social cost of cheap food : labour and the political economy of food distribution in Britain, 1830-1914
Title
The social cost of cheap food
Title remainder
labour and the political economy of food distribution in Britain, 1830-1914
Statement of responsibility
Sébastien Rioux
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Language
eng
Summary
"The distribution of food played a considerable yet largely unrecognized role in the economic history of Victorian and Edwardian Britain. In the midst of rapid urbanization and industrialization, retail competition intensified and the channels by which food made it to the market became vital to the country's economic success. Illustrating the pivotal importance of food distribution in Britain between 1830 and 1914, The Social Cost of Cheap Food argues that labour exploitation in the distribution system was the key to cheap food. Through an analysis of labour dynamics and institutional changes in the distributive sector, Sébastien Rioux demonstrates that economic development and the rising living standards of the working class were premised upon the growing insecurity and chronic poverty of street sellers, shop assistants, and small shopkeepers. Rioux reveals that food distribution, far from being a passive sphere of economic activity, provided a dynamic space for the reduction of food prices. Positing food distribution as a core element of social and economic development under capitalism, The Social Cost of Cheap Food reflects on the transformation of the labour market and its intricate connection to the history of food and society. "--
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1980-
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Rioux, Sébastien
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Food industry and trade
  • Food industry and trade
  • Labor
  • Labor
  • Food industry and trade
  • Labor
  • Great Britain
Label
The social cost of cheap food : labour and the political economy of food distribution in Britain, 1830-1914, Sébastien Rioux
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1096470204
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780773558991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1096470204
Label
The social cost of cheap food : labour and the political economy of food distribution in Britain, 1830-1914, Sébastien Rioux
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1096470204
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780773558991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1096470204

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