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Conor Lucey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526119940

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526119940.001.0001

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Introduction: a new apology for the builder

Introduction: a new apology for the builder

(p.1) Introduction: a new apology for the builder
Building reputations

Conor Lucey

Manchester University Press

Borrowing its title from the notorious seventeenth-century speculative builder Nicholas Barbon’s seminal work on free market economics, published in 1685, the introduction offers a new apology for a much-maligned member of the architectural community: the building artisan. Taking the form of a discursive chapter in its own right, it weaves together a critical literature review with an extended analysis of the artisan’s place within architectural, design and cultural histories. Topics include the adverse effect of eighteenth and nineteenth-century criticisms of the building community on modern scholarship, distinctions between intellectual and manual labour in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the systemic problems arising from a new literature devoted to British Atlantic world studies.

Keywords:   Atlantic world, cultural history, design history, economics, manual labour

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