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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-104
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Victorian Culture
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2016


This article is a response to Peter K. Andersson’s arguments about the ‘civilizing thesis’ in Victorian Studies. It examines his approach in relation to class, discourse, and structure, particularly in relation to the working classes and future directions in approaches to nineteenth-century sources. It suggests that Victorian scholars can learn from labour geographers, who offer new models that highlight structural inequalities while maintaining a sensitivity to post-structural cultural understandings of gender, race, and class.


This document is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Victorian Culture on 6 December 2016, available online: Under embargo. Embargo end date: 6 June 2018.

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