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Markets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland$
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Adrian Randall and Andrew Charlesworth

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237006

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317422

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The Moral Economy of the English Middling Sort in the Eighteenth Century: the Case of Norwich in 1766 and 17671

The Moral Economy of the English Middling Sort in the Eighteenth Century: the Case of Norwich in 1766 and 17671

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(p.115) Chapter 6 The Moral Economy of the English Middling Sort in the Eighteenth Century: the Case of Norwich in 1766 and 17671
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Markets, Market Culture and Popular Protest in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland
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Simon Renton
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317422.007

This chapter examines the response of the middling sort of Norwich to the food riots of 1766. It highlights the need for a reassessment of the ideological culture of the middling sort and to restore them to an active role within the politics of rights and entitlements that made up the moral economy. The chapter describes how the political power of the poor and middling freemen prevented the extinction of the traditional rights and privileges that guaranteed their representation within the structures of municipal government and the criminal justice system of the city.

Keywords:   food riots, Norwich, middling sort, ideological culture, politics of rights, politics of entitlement, moral economy, municipal government, criminal justice system

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