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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

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.

LanguageEnglish
Pages179-199
Number of pages21
JournalUrban History
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

elite politics
power elite
urban politics
twentieth century
leadership
elite
middle class
freemason
politics
faith
family
analysis
business organisation
city
test
project
Elites
Norwich

Cite this

@article{92d2f6ff30c94c15bd729d6e931d5c6f,
title = "The structure of elite power in the early twentieth-century city: Norwich, 1900-35",
abstract = "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.",
author = "Doyle, {B. M.}",
year = "1997",
month = "8",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1017/S0963926800016382",
language = "English",
volume = "24",
pages = "179--199",
journal = "Urban History",
issn = "0963-9268",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",
number = "2",

}

The structure of elite power in the early twentieth-century city : Norwich, 1900-35. / Doyle, B. M.

In: Urban History, Vol. 24, No. 2, 01.08.1997, p. 179-199.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - The structure of elite power in the early twentieth-century city

T2 - Urban History

AU - Doyle, B. M.

PY - 1997/8/1

Y1 - 1997/8/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0031397156&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1017/S0963926800016382

DO - 10.1017/S0963926800016382

M3 - Article

VL - 24

SP - 179

EP - 199

JO - Urban History

JF - Urban History

SN - 0963-9268

IS - 2

ER -