Join Sarah Wise, author of The Blackest Streets and Inconvenient People, in conversation with curator Indy Bhullar on Charles Booth’s ‘poverty maps’ and how they mark different social groups. They will consider how the ‘respectable poor’ and ‘criminal classes were defined and Booth’s ambivalent use of Social Darwinism and ideas about heredity.
Sarah Wise is researcher and historian on nineteenth century social history. Her most recent book, Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England (Bodley Head), was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2014. Her 2004 debut, The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London (Jonathan Cape), was shortlisted for the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Her follow-up The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize.
This talk is part of a cross-institutional and inter-disciplinary series of presentations and workshops exploring the history and continuing influences of the development of eugenics hosted at the University of London. Find out more on the Small Beginnings website.
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