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The Disinherited SocietyA Personal View of Social Responsibility in Liverpool During the Twentieth Century$
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Margaret Simey

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238003

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317354

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The Athens of the North

The Athens of the North

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(p.15) Chapter 1 The Athens of the North
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The Disinherited Society
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317354.003

This chapter discusses the author's observation about the urban society of Liverpool in the early 1920s. It discusses Eleanor Rathbone's comments on the extremely peculiar constitution of Liverpool's population and the consequent intensity of its social problems. It suggests that Liverpool was not a community held together by shared memories and traditions, but a sprawling mass of strangers and it was not a society but a conglomerate of expatriates in a foreign land. This chapter mentions the existence of chronic poverty in the midst of exceptional wealth.

Keywords:   urban society, Liverpool, Eleanor Rathborne, population, social problems, community, expatriates, chronic poverty, exceptional wealth

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