The structure of elite power in the early twentieth-century city: Norwich, 1900-35

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Through a study of middle-class power in Norwich in the first third of the twentieth century, this paper tests a number of hypotheses concerning the behaviour of British urban elites. Analysis of networks [freemasons, business organisations and family] assesses the level of social unification among the middle class; elite involvement in chapel, charities and voluntary organisations addresses the question of social leadership; whilst elite politics is considered through three questions: did they become unified behind a single anti-socialist stance? Did the more important members of the elite leave urban politics? And did they abandon faith in grand civic projects? Its conclusions suggest that the power and involvement of the elite continued into the 1930s, maintaining a positive approach to the scope and function of municipal authority.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-199
Number of pages21
JournalUrban History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes


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