Historical Who is Who

BOOTH, Charles

1840 - 1916


In the course of successful business activity based in Liverpool in the leather trade and shipping (including owning and building), he became aware of the dreadful condition of the working poor – he also became impressed by the thinking of August Comte. His direct relevance for moral education arises from his development of the artful science of social surveys, combining on the ground investigation and mapping with systematic analysis. This he most famously carried out in the City of London, focussing on poverty, industry and religious influences. His findings then became a springboard for social reform – pursued by him and many others drawing on his evidence.




About the London Poverty Map (2 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFIxY4fL5gI

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