Boarding and lodging practices in early twentieth-century Scotland

Meek, J. (2016) Boarding and lodging practices in early twentieth-century Scotland. Continuity and Change, 31(S1), pp. 79-100. (doi:10.1017/S0268416016000084)

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Abstract

The social and economic position of lodgers in Europe and North America has attracted considerable scholarship, yet the financial and interpersonal relationships between lodgers and boarders and their hosts in working-class homes is somewhat underdeveloped. This article examines patterns of lodging and boarding in working-class homes in Scotland between 1861 and 1911, focusing upon multiple layers of connection between paying guests and householders. This article demonstrates that connections had national and ethnic roots, and that taking in lodgers and boarders was of prime cultural and economic importance for many. The ability to offer space played a crucial role in the social and economic status of single, separated and widowed women, and this article offers an insight into the sometimes troubled relationships between landladies and their tenants.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Meek, Dr Jeffrey
Authors: Meek, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Continuity and Change
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0268-4160
ISSN (Online):1469-218X
Published Online:26 May 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in Continuity and Change 31(S1):79-100
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
554261Working-class Marriage in Scotland, 1855 - 1976Eleanor GordonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/J002542/1SPS - ECONOMIC & SOCIAL HISTORY