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The Margins of Urban Life brings to life the floating worlds of the periphery in nineteenth-century French cities--the world of beggars, the most miserable prostitutes, ragpickers, casual labor, and unwanted people; the location of slaughterhouses, gas factories, tanneries, and, increasingly, even executions. The men and women of the suburbs and faubourgs were long identified by urban elites and government officials with the turbulent dangerous classes who might one day fall upon the wealthy quarters of the center. Merriman analyzes and evokes the social, class, neighborhood, cultural, and political solidarities--the shared sense of not belonging--that made the marginal people in peripheral places emerge as contenders for political power. His investigation explores the world of the Catalan agricultural laborers, the textile workers of the high town of Reims, the bitter rivalry between Catholic and Protestant workers in the faubourge of Nimes, the haven for under- and
unemployed proletarians in Ingouville, above Le Havre, and France's strange frontier town, Napoléon-Vendée.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780195064384
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 238 mm
  • No of Pages: 336
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 681 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0195064380
  • Publisher Date: 18 Apr 1991
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 26 mm
  • Width: 159 mm


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