D. Loftus
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Biography <p>I am Associate Dean for Curriculum, Qualifications and Partnerships in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a Senior Lecturer in the History department.</p><p>I joined the OU in 2000 after research and teaching posts at the University of Portsmouth and the University of Chichester including a British Academy funded project,&lsquo;Autobiography and the Victorian middle-class&rsquo;. I have continued to develop research and teaching on nineteenth-century British socio-economic and cultural history. Working at the OU has&nbsp;enabled me to&nbsp;pursue&nbsp;interests in inter-disciplinarity, opening up traditional topics to new methods, questions and approaches, and helping make&nbsp;British&nbsp;history&nbsp;relevant&nbsp;to a broad range of students.</p>
Description <p>I am Associate Dean for Curriculum, Qualifications and Partnerships in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a Senior Lecturer in the History department.</p><p>I joined the OU in 2000 after research and teaching posts at the University of Portsmouth and the University of Chichester including a British Academy funded project,&lsquo;Autobiography and the Victorian middle-class&rsquo;. I have continued to develop research and teaching on nineteenth-century British socio-economic and cultural history. Working at the OU has&nbsp;enabled me to&nbsp;pursue&nbsp;interests in inter-disciplinarity, opening up traditional topics to new methods, questions and approaches, and helping make&nbsp;British&nbsp;history&nbsp;relevant&nbsp;to a broad range of students.</p>
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Research overview <p>My research interests are centred on responses to, and perceptions of, industrial and urban life in nineteenth-century Britain. In particular, it focuses on the relationship between political economy, social investigation and the everyday experience of business and work.</p><p><em>&lsquo;Life writing and Victorian culture&rsquo;</em><br />This research considers how middle-class men emerged as a historical force in&nbsp;the&nbsp;nineteenth century.&nbsp; It&nbsp;focuses&nbsp;on the way economic and social transition were understood through&nbsp;life writing and the different types of temporalities used to explain continuity and change.</p><p><em>&lsquo;Capital and labour: Manufacturing consensus&rsquo;</em><br />This project&nbsp;examines the use of&nbsp;capital and labour as mechanisms for&nbsp;describing capitalism and organising&nbsp;industry&nbsp;in nineteenth-century&nbsp;England.&nbsp;It explores the&nbsp;co-existence&nbsp;of the&nbsp;free market, self-help and&nbsp;social mobility alongside more rigid ideas of community and class.</p><p><em>&lsquo;Work in Nineteenth Century London&rsquo;</em><br />A third aspect of research,&nbsp;initially funded through the Open University&rsquo;s Research Development Fund and the Economic History Society, explores the nature of work in&nbsp;London, the links between production and consumption and the status of the small master who is neither capitalist nor artisan. This&nbsp;area of research is currently being developed into a study of the everyday logic of the late nineteenth century metropolitan manufacturing economy.</p><h2>&nbsp;</h2>
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