Regulated Lives: Life Insurance and British Society, 1800-1914 (BOK)

Timothy L. Alborn

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Regulated Lives explores the British life insurance industry's changing assessments of the values and risks of human life between 1800 and 1914. Timothy Alborn's unique study uses insurance practices to demonstrate how Victorian ideas about the lived experience altered both to accommodate and resist elements of modernity such as statistical thinking, medicalization, and capitalist bureaucracy. The nature of Victorian life insurance companies meant that their customers were both consuming subjects and objectified abstractions. Policyholders were active consumers of a product as well as passive objects which were evaluated for 'risk' in the objective and homogenizing terms determined by the industry. By examining how salesmen, actuaries, and doctors utilized their differing conceptions of what the various aspects of people's lives meant, Regulated Lives suggests that the very complexity of modern commercial and social institutions produces space where individuality can flourish.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2009 Forfatter Timothy L. Alborn
University Of Toronto Press
ISBN 9781442639966
Antall sider 464 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,5cm
Vekt 800 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Economic history