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As the idea of citizenship became more inclusive in the nineteenth century, England confronted the problem of those who seemed less fit for the responsibilities of political power. In a liberal society, fit behaviors had to originate in individual choices, rather than in coercion. Thus, social outreach became a matter not simply of giving information, but of educating and managing desire, which in turn required an active role in the very formation of subjectivity. Preparation for citizenship came to be seen as shaping the familial, moral, and physical environments required to foster a natural and healthy body and mind. The management of the social body through discourses of health became the principal means of negotiating these new questions of citizenship and the Condition of England. The Citizen’s Body traces the construction of citizenship through the figure of the healthy body, in parliamentary debates on the franchise, in sanitary and housing publications, and in novels. The rhetoric of the healthy body as the ground of civic participation permeated the discourse of the novel, as shown in the work of Dickens, Oliphant, Disraeli, Eliot, and Gaskell. This book offers a new understanding of Victorian liberal thought, citizenship, the social body, and the Victorian novel.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Section I. Citizenship and the Social Body
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. 1. Citizenship and Fitness
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. 2. Citizenship, Class, and Pauperism
  2. pp. 35-46
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  1. 3. Disease, The Social Body, and Fitness
  2. pp. 47-62
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  1. Section II. Producing the Public: Public Health in Private Spaces
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. 4. The Public, the Private, and the Social
  2. pp. 65-82
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  1. 5. Housing the Social Body
  2. pp. 83-98
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  1. 6. Octavia Hill: Housing as Social Work
  2. pp. 99-114
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  1. Section III. Narrating the Citizen of the Soul
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. 7. The Political Novel and the Social
  2. pp. 117-132
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  1. 8. The Social Novel's Leaky Bodies
  2. pp. 133-153
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  1. 9. Felix Holt: The Desiring Body in the Later Political Novel
  2. pp. 154-173
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  1. Afterword: Liberalism and Its Discontents
  2. pp. 174-182
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 183-190
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272060
Related ISBN
9780814210529
MARC Record
OCLC
1228476322
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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