‘“A Dangerous Revolutionary Force Amongst Us”: Conceptualising Working-Class Tea Drinking in the British Isles, c.1860-1900’

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Histories of British tea consumption have highlighted how the substance acted as an index of middle-class civility and marker of national identity. In this article, I maintain that concerns regarding surrounding tea also with this perspective throughout the late nineteenth century. As medical practitioners increasingly intervened in food matters, apprehension regarding the physical consequences of increased access to tea amongst working-class communities proliferated. Ultimately, discussion of tea became closely embroiled with wider debates regarding national decline, physical and mental deterioration, the subversion of gender roles in the domestic sphere and Imperial expansion.
LanguageEnglish
Pages419-438
JournalCultural and Social History
Volume10:3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014

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Tea
Drinking
British Isles
Working Class
Revolution
Physical
Middle Class
National Identity
History
Deterioration
Food
Subversion
Medical Practitioners
Gender Roles
Apprehension
Civility

Keywords

  • history of tea drinking
  • history of food
  • history of British diet
  • Victorian tea drinking

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