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By Michelle Allen

Detoxing town: Sanitary Geographies in Victorian London explores not just the demanding situations confronted via reformers as they strove to wash up an more and more filthy urban however the resistance to their efforts.
starting within the 1830s, reform-minded electorate, less than the banner of sanitary
development, plunged into London’s darkish and soiled areas and back with
the fabric they had to advertise public well-being laws and magnificent
tasks of sanitary engineering. Sanitary reform, even if, used to be no longer always
met with unqualified enthusiasm. whereas a few advancements, resembling slum
clearances, the advance of sewerage, and the embankment of the Thames,
could have made London a purifier position to dwell, those initiatives additionally destroyed
and reshaped the outfitted setting, and in doing so, altered the meanings and
reviews of town.

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Indeed, purifying the environ­ m ent and uplifting a potentially dangerous underclass w ere conceived as a unitary mission. But in the latter decades o f the century, the mission began to seem less coherent. Public health reform was still important, but it was not seen as the only, or even necessarily the best, means to help a poor family es­ cape the demoralizing influence o f the slums: em igration, suburban reloca­ tion, and a host o f other schemes w ere advocated by social reform ers. A t the 22 Allen, Michelle.

S. or applicable copyright law. ”52 Paradoxically, the sewer exposed the home to the very dangers it was intended to combat— the fatal odors o f decomposition. The inability of house­ holders to prevent the noxious fumes o f the sewer from entering their homes reinforced their loss o f control even as it suggested the difficulty o f achieving healthy isolation from a physically and morally tainted underclass. For the in­ filtration of toul smells signaled the threat not only o f disease but also o f moral corruption, embodied in the figure o f the working-class other.

From the neighborhood o f your houses by proper sewerage, but unless you are guarded against the return into your dwellings ot the gases o f decomposition from the sewers, you may be w orse o ff than be- 42 Allen, Michelle. Cleansing the City : Sanitary Geographies in Victorian London. : Ohio University Press, . ppg=55 Copyright © Ohio University Press. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. ”52 Paradoxically, the sewer exposed the home to the very dangers it was intended to combat— the fatal odors o f decomposition.

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