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‘“A Dangerous Revolutionary Force Amongst Us”: Conceptualising Working-Class Tea Drinking in the British Isles, c.1860-1900’

Ian, Miller (2014) ‘“A Dangerous Revolutionary Force Amongst Us”: Conceptualising Working-Class Tea Drinking in the British Isles, c.1860-1900’. Cultural and Social History, 10:3 . pp. 419-438. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Histories of British tea consumption have highlighted how the substance acted as an index of middle-class civility and marker of national identity. In this article, I maintain that concerns regarding surrounding tea also with this perspective throughout the late nineteenth century. As medical practitioners increasingly intervened in food matters, apprehension regarding the physical consequences of increased access to tea amongst working-class communities proliferated. Ultimately, discussion of tea became closely embroiled with wider debates regarding national decline, physical and mental deterioration, the subversion of gender roles in the domestic sphere and Imperial expansion.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:history of tea drinking, history of food, history of British diet, Victorian tea drinking
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:30056
Deposited By: Dr Ian Miller
Deposited On:07 Sep 2014 12:00
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:15

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