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Title: The Italian poor in nineteenth-century Britain.
Author: Sponza, Lucio.
ISNI:       0000 0000 8382 2245
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 1984
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This is a study of the immigration of Italian poor to Britain from the early decades of the nineteenth century to the outbreak of W.W.I. Only a passing reference is made to political refugees and other personalities, as the dissertation is concerned with the inarticulate people for whom emigration (seasonal, temporary or permanent) was a traditional mode of life - the organ-grinders, the plaster statuette makers, the ice-cream vendors, the small legion of cooks and waiters. The main theme of the thesis is the history of adaptation to, and conflict with, the host society. For this purpose, after an analysis of the emigrants' social and geographical origin, emphasis is laid on the relationship between the changing attitudes towards them (especially towards those who settled in the 'Italian Quarter' of London) and the emigrants' response. The study consists of two parts. Part One is concerned with statistical evidence and the material aspects of the Italian poor's life and occupations. Part Two deals with how these emigrants were perceived; this is achieved through an analysis of the main challenges they had to face. The conclusion points, on the one hand, to the ability of the Italian poor to maintain an external compactness through a remarkable degree of flexibility and resilience; and, on the other hand, to their Inability to emerge as a cohesive and socially-conscious community.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Poverty; Sanitary conditions; Housing