Policy Press

Retail and Community

Business, Charity and the End of Empire

Edited by George Campbell Gosling, Alix R. Green and Grace Millar

Published

Jun 28, 2024

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529235241

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 28, 2024

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529235258

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Retail and Community

Retail has never existed in a vacuum.

This interdisciplinary volume explores how English commercial, co-operative and charity retailing were shaped by and in turn influenced their social and political environments, from the local and the global, between the late-nineteenth and early twenty-first centuries.

Historians, sociologists, archivists and heritage professionals engage with current debates on the rise of modern business and the decline of the high street, class and credit, professionalisation in the voluntary sector, migration and the end of empire.

This will be a key resource to better understand retail and community in an era defined by social change, shedding new light on the enduring centrality of community relationships to modern retailers.

George Campbell Gosling is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wolverhampton.

Alix R. Green is Reader in History at the University of Essex.

Grace Millar is Honorary Research Fellow in History at the University of Wolverhampton.

1. Retail and Community: English Experiences and International Encounters in the Long Twentieth Century – George Campbell Gosling, Alix R. Green and Grace Millar

2. The Commodification of Japanese Culture in Transcultural Charity Bazaars: The Mikado Festival and Feast of Lantern in Darlington, 1887 – Massimiliano Papini

3. Hall and Spindler, Bespoke Tailors and Outfitters of Leamington Spa, 1878–95: A Study in Retail Credit, Trust, and Loyalty – Nick Gray

4. Shopkeeper and Educator: Aspects of the Co-Operative Movement in England, 1870–1914 – Ian Mitchell

5. ‘By the Army, for the Army’: The Salvation Army’s Early Retail Activities, Criticisms and Responses in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries – Marjorie Gehrhardt

6. A Labour of Love: The Role of Retail in Salvation Army Rescue Work for Women – Ruth Macdonald

7. Much More Than a Gossip Shop: Black Country Independent Womenswear Retail, Family and Community – Nadia Awal and Jenny Gilbert

8. Charity, Community and Trade: The British Charity Shop, 1940s-1970s – George Campbell Gosling

9. Empire of Charity: The British ‘Helping Hand’ In South African Charity Shops, 1971–1972 – Jessica Field

10. ‘Race’, Retailing and the Windrush Generation: Principle and Practice in the John Lewis Partnership’s Recruitment of Commonwealth Arrivals, 1950–62 – Alix R. Green

11. Encounters at the Counter: ‘Race’, Class and Belonging in the British Asian Corner Shop – Harshad Keval

12. ‘The Grocer Carried Me for Three Months’: Retail Support for Workers Involved in Extended Industrial Disputes – Grace Millar

13. Understanding the ‘Gift’ in the Post-Economic Downturn Charity Shop – Triona Fitton

14. Reflections – George Campbell Gosling, Alix R. Green and Grace Millar