Thesis ID: CBB001567213

“Tricks upon Travellers”: Robert Owen, New Lanark, and the Choreography of Character, 1800--1826 (2010)


Lambert, Cornelia C. (Author)

Moon, Suzanne Marie
Crowther, Kathleen M.
Hale, Piers J.
Weldon, Stephen P.
University of Oklahoma
Pandora, Katherine A.
Trachtenberg, Zev

Publication Date: 2010
Edition Details: Advisor: Pandora, Katherine A; Committee Members: Crowther, Kathleen, Trachtenberg, Zev, Weldon, Stephen, Hale, Piers, Moon, Suzanne.
Physical Details: 305 pp.
Language: English

When he assumed management of the cotton manufactory at New Lanark, Scotland in 1800, Robert Owen (1771-1858) faced a population made up of employees of "ill-formed" character. Over the course of the next twenty-six years, however, New Lanark became a showcase of successful "pauper management" and through what he purported to be a "New View" of human character, Owen effectively eradicated lying, cheating, and disorderly and drunken conduct. New Lanark became a tourist destination not only because of its proximity to Cora Linn and other local natural features, but because of the way Owen crafted scientific spectacle to appeal to those in search of sensational activities. At the Institute for the Formation of Character, Owen developed a unique, performance-based curriculum which imparted lessons of cooperative and national behaviors while appealing to culture-conscious visitors. Owen also began, though did not bring to fruition, plans to manipulate the physical surroundings which dictated family structures in the village. In sum, a visit to New Lanark in the years under consideration provided travelers with a variety of experiences which Owen believed would convince them of the efficacy of his claims.


Description Cited in Dissertation Abstracts International-A 72/02, Aug 2011. Proquest Document ID: 835066582.

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Authors & Contributors
Holden, Roger N.
Blaufarb, Rafe
Gray, Edward
Jolles, Adam
Hornborg, Alf
Cardoso de Matos, Ana
Nineteenth-Century Contexts
Polhem: Tidskrift för Teknikhistoria
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
Journal of Design History
International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
Agricultural History
The MIT Press
Manchester University Press
A. Michel
Florida State University
New York University
University of Toronto
Cotton and cotton industry
Technology and society
Textile industry
Cartwright, Edmund
William Horrocks
Roberts, Richard
Napoleon I, Emperor of France
Fedorov, Nikolai
Owen, Robert
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
17th century
Great Britain
United States
Paris (France)

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