A Cult of Dependence: The Social Context of The London Merchant

@article{DeRitter1987ACO,
  title={A Cult of Dependence: The Social Context of The London Merchant},
  author={J. DeRitter},
  journal={Comparative Drama},
  year={1987},
  volume={21},
  pages={374-386}
}
In his pathbreaking study of the effects of the Industrial Revolution on English society, Peter Laslett has argued that "the removal of the economic function of the patriarchal family at the point of industrialization created a mass society"; further, he contends that this new society "turned the people who worked into a mass of undifferentiated equals, . . . bereft for ever of the feeling that work was a family affair, done within the family."! The primary economic unit of pre-industrial… Expand
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