Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and University Honors

Department

History

Language

English

DOI

10.15760/honors.1041

Abstract

This thesis examines criticisms of the manufacturing system during the initial period of industrialization in Britain. Using E.P. Thompson's concept of the 'moral economy' it shows how critics of manufacturing offered an alternative moral-economic viewpoint for the running of manufacturing operations. This is contrasted against political economy, which claimed which its scientific methodology was the only workable model for efficient manufacturing, even at the expense of disregarding moral concerns. The works of proponents of moral economy such as the Romantics and Robert Owens are analyzed to uncover how they thought manufacturing should be run. Their work, in tum, is contrasted with the political economists and industrial apologists who held that moral concerns were hindrances to the national good that manufacturing was capable of bringing.

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35556

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