Morality and the Market in Victorian Britain by G. R. SearleMorality and the Market in Victorian Britain by G. R. Searle

Morality and the Market in Victorian Britain

byG. R. Searle

Hardcover | April 1, 1998

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In this lively and interesting study, G. R. Searle tackles the conundrum at the heart of Victorian life: how could capitalist values be harmonized with Christian beliefs and with concepts of public morality and social duty? Middle-class Victorians who broadly welcomed industrial growth andembraced the doctrines of `political economy' were sensitive to the charge that theirs was a selfish and materialistic creed. Consequently, if public morality was to be reconciled with the market, wage-labour had to be distinguished from slavery, investment from speculation, and entrepreneurialacumen from dishonesty and fraud. These ideas about citizenship and public virtue offered a greater challenge to rampant capitalism than any pressing need to alleviate poverty. Through its exploration of `Victorian values', this book provides lessons for all those engaged in the present-day debateabout the moral and social consequences of unleashing free market forces.

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Title:Morality and the Market in Victorian BritainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:316 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198206984

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`Searle illuminates a neglected area in the studies of the middle class and contributes significantly to the growing body of scholarship concerning commodity culture... a fine book, already extraordinarily ambitious in scope and detail, which offers scholars a complex and nuanced considerationof the varied and numerous moral implications of the market forces which came to dominant Victorian British culture.'Lori Loeb, Albion