By Susan D. Pennybacker
The e-book checks the imaginative and prescient of the early London County Council (LCC) and of its leaders, the London Progressives, opposed to its rules and achievements. It files struggles to alter social and hard work stipulations, to steer public tradition and to rent aspiring younger visionaries--both males and women--into white collar jobs. This heritage has left its mark at the current London political situation--central London govt has been abolished and once more many Londoners are looking to recreate it. either the achievements and the disillusions fostered some time past nonetheless impression the current London main issue. Attitudes formed through bureacracy and the issues of vested pursuits nonetheless live on.
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This chapter repeats the paradigmatic questions about the relationships between place of work and social and political attitudes that are asked by the sociologists. ) in the life strategies adopted by men and women staff. The second chapter explores the problem of labour in a different sector of London’s population: the building industry. The establishment and subsequent abolition of the LCC Works Department allows a vantage point upon the conditions of work in this critical London industry. 101 This study reveals the diversity of an important sector of London’s working class and investigates the contention caused by the LCC intervention into the industry.
18 (This provision took on special significance as a criterion of employment and it was enforced even after 1945. ) The new examinations in public service were controversial. 20 The records of LCC staff members killed in the War reveal The ways of life 29 that most had attended grammar schools well beyond the leaving age. Most had worked in a private sector clerking job before coming to the Council. But in several cases, like Makeham’s, a candidate was hired directly from school on the basis of his examination results.
100 This emphasis laid bare the residual question of how a diverse lower middle class stratum, one that so eluded ready generalisations, might have been responsible en masse for the electoral defeat of Progressivism. As fate would have it, the principal recruits to the early LCC bureaucracy were themselves ‘lower middle class’; this fact, coupled with the disputed electoral role of Londoners like themselves, provides the inspiration for Chapter 1 of this book. The LCC Clerk’s Department, at the hub of the vast departmental and committee structures, is the setting for a case-study of a prestigious sector of white collar employment.