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A social survey of the East Kent coalfield

Hughes, Violet Louisa (1934) A social survey of the East Kent coalfield. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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The thesis consists of an introduction and three parts. The introduction states the scope and purpose of the survey. Its aim is to discover and set out the salient features in the social life of mining population in east Kent, and thereby to bring to light social problems with which Kentish people are at present faced or which they are likely to have to solve in the future. Part 1 is intended to present a systematic study of existing conditions. it includes a statistical analysis of certain verifiable facts of social life in East Kent and deals with them under the following headings:- 1 - The Extent of the Coalfield. 2 - Population. 3 - Housing and Town Planning. 4 - Employment, Output and Earnings 5 - Some Public Social Services - (a) For the Welfare of the Mother and Pre-school Children (b) For the Welfare of the School Child and Adolescent 6 - Education. 7 - Provision for the Sick, the Infirm. for the Aged, and Others in Need 8 - Some Voluntary Social Services Part II aims at portraying a picture of local impressions of the new mining estates in East Kent. It is based partly upon personal observation: partly upon the spoken and written views of responsible persons living among the mining population, and of the miners themselves. The statements made are quite unverifiable but are intended to provide local colour necessary wanting in the analytics account given in Part I. It embodies a mass of 'floating opinion' with which the observer of social conditions in the coalfield area is confronted. This 'floating opinion' does not present in any way the views of the writer. These are given in Part III which states and criticises the main problems which the survey appears to have revealed, and attempts to suggest possible solutions.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 1935 Violet Louisa Hughes
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Sociology

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